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Review: could Fish oil cause Drowsiness?

We study 20,052 people who have side effects while taking Fish oil from FDA and social media. Among them, 380 have Drowsiness. Find out below who they are, when they have Drowsiness and more.

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Fish oil

Fish oil (latest outcomes from 21,031 users) has active ingredients of fish oil. It is often used in high blood cholesterol.

Drowsiness

Drowsiness (latest reports from 494,404 patients) has been reported by people with depression, pain, high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, stress and anxiety.

On Jul, 15, 2014: 20,045 people reported to have side effects when taking Fish oil. Among them, 380 people (1.90%) have Drowsiness. They amount to 0.08% of all the 493,887 people who have Drowsiness on eHealthMe.

Trend of Drowsiness in Fish oil reports

Time on Fish oil when people have Drowsiness * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Drowsiness20.00%20.00%20.00%0.00%0.00%40.00%0.00%

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

FemaleMale
Drowsiness56.56%43.44%

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

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Drowsiness0.31%0.00%0.62%3.69%4.00%13.85%23.69%53.85%

Severity of Drowsiness when taking Fish oil ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Drowsiness0.00%33.33%50.00%16.67%

How people recovered from Drowsiness ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Drowsiness0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Pain (47 people, 12.37%)
  2. Hypertension (45 people, 11.84%)
  3. Gastrooesophageal reflux disease (35 people, 9.21%)
  4. Depression (33 people, 8.68%)
  5. Bipolar disorder (27 people, 7.11%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aspirin (136 people, 35.79%)
  2. Vitamin d (94 people, 24.74%)
  3. Lipitor (65 people, 17.11%)
  4. Lyrica (54 people, 14.21%)
  5. Calcium (54 people, 14.21%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • Having taken CoQ10 (100mg), fish oil (1200mg; containing 360mg Omega-3) and Super B Complex (Nature Made, 460 tablets per bottle) daily, plus D3 (1000 IU) twice a week, for the past 70 days, I have been able to reduce my irregular heartbeat and day-time fatigue syndrome to almost nil, very effective indeed. I feel energetic throughout most days now. However, accompanying with the encouraging results, it comes with disturbing side effects:
    (1) Shallow sleeplessness/ Initial insomnia (awakening during the sleep; having more dreams now),
    (2) Often oversleeping, one to three hours, in the morning; often cannot get
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    My/User’s physical data: Born in 1951; male; Asian-American; 60kg, weight; 163cm, ht.; associate professor in engineering; eating only white-meat regularly (avoiding red meat).

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    Linda on Jul, 14, 2012:

    I have a history of low blood pressure. I have
    been taking coQ10 for about 9 months ( to lower cholesterol)in connection with Omega 3 and Vit D and occasionally vit B. I have noticed that I want to sleep a lot. I can slep for 12 hours. recently i dozed off while driving and totaled my car.
    I am 63 Female caucasian. Could this be a side effect of Co010

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    John on Jul, 26, 2012:

    Your encountering as you described could be the side effect of CoQ10 plus fish oil (omega-3), for it agrees with my experience.
    The side effect of CoQ10 accompanying Fish Oil seems not obvious or bothersome to me most of the time. But when it turns out to be obvious occasionally (once to three times a month; usually after a late sleep), I felt drowsy and tiresome.
    For example, about one hour after taking CoQ10, 100mg, with Fish Oil, 600mg, this morning, I first felt hyper or overexcited, then within another two hours, I started feeling a loss of energy (with a possible low-blood pressure or nearly faint symptom) and dozed on my chair for about 1.5 to 2 hours. I lost my appetite for lunch until around 4 p.m. and felt not energetic enough to swim in the afternoon, as so planned to this morning, so I skipped the swimming activity today.
    I am planning to take CoQ10 alone or at least further reduce the intake amount of fish oil (used to be 1,200mg each time) to 300mg each time if taken with CoQ10 to avoid such side effect. I have changed to taking CoQ10 every day but fish oil every other day (vs. every day too before) for three weeks, the side-effect frequency has reduced since then. The side effect usually occurred when both CoQ10 and fish oil were taken together after breakfast that day. – jc; July 26, 2012; Taiwan

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