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Drug Interactions With Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Many medications can cause potentially dangerous drug interactions with omega-3 fatty acids, including orlistat and medicines that have anticoagulant or antiplatelet activity. Taking medicines that "thin" the blood (such as warfarin or aspirin) with omega-3 may increase your risk of bleeding. To help prevent drug interactions with omega-3 fatty acids, tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking before starting the supplement.

An Introduction to Drug Interactions With Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Even though they are "natural" products, omega-3 fatty acid supplements can potentially interact with several medicines. Some of the medicines that may lead to drug interactions with omega-3 include:
 
  • Medications that "thin" the blood (such as anticoagulant and antiplatelet drugs), such as:
     
 
 
 
      • Alteplase (Activase®)
      • Reteplase (Retavase®)
      • Streptokinase (Streptase®)
      • Tenecteplase (TNKase®)
 
 
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