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Review: could Fish oil cause Confusion?

Summary: Confusion could be caused by Fish oil, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 5 - 10 years, also take Aspirin, and have Depression.

We study 19,998 people who have side effects while taking Fish oil from FDA and social media. Among them, 87 have Confusion. Find out below who they are, when they have Confusion and more.

On Apr, 10, 2014: 20,139 people reported to have side effects when taking Fish oil. Among them, 87 people (0.43%) have Confusion. They amount to 0.05% of all the 191,613 people who have Confusion on eHealthMe.

Trend of Confusion in Fish oil reports

Time on Fish oil when people have Confusion * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Confusion20.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%40.00%40.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Confusion when taking Fish oil * :

FemaleMale
Confusion64.29%35.71%

Age of people who have Confusion when taking Fish oil * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Confusion0.00%0.00%0.00%3.70%4.94%23.46%16.05%51.85%

Severity of Confusion when taking Fish oil ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Confusion0.00%80.00%0.00%20.00%

How people recovered from Confusion ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Confusion0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Depression (10 people, 11.49%)
  2. Anxiety (7 people, 8.05%)
  3. Multiple sclerosis (7 people, 8.05%)
  4. Blood cholesterol increased (6 people, 6.90%)
  5. Smoking cessation therapy (5 people, 5.75%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aspirin (25 people, 28.74%)
  2. Vitamin d (23 people, 26.44%)
  3. Simvastatin (13 people, 14.94%)
  4. Multi-vitamin (13 people, 14.94%)
  5. Metoprolol tartrate (11 people, 12.64%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (11 months ago):

  • All checked side effects started the day after taking Trazodone and have continued for last few days. Severity of all side effects are new and do not think they are related to conditions of fibromyalgia, PTSD, anxiety and depression. I've never been in such a confused mental state and been so sluggish until starting Trazodone.

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