AdvertisementsThe signs of internal bleeding, giddiness and allergic reactions require immediate discontinuance of the supplement and seeking medical help.
Common side effects of DHA
- Fishy aftertaste
- Fishy burps
- Acid reflux
- Abdominal discomfort
- Gastrointestinal upset
Some of the serious side effects include, gastrointestinal bleeding, bleeding in the brain and allergic reactions.
If the stool is dark or bloody or if there is blood in the vomit, the supplement must be discontinued immediately. Severe headache, numbness in the limbs and changes in the vision and speech may indicate hemorrhage in the brain.
Allergic reactions like rash, urticaria, angioedema, wheezing, difficulty in breathing or swallowing and asthmatic attack may occur in some persons. In all such situations one has to discontinue the supplement and seek immediate medical help.
The side effects may also be relative to the type of supplement consumed. Fishy aftertaste is a very common problem while taking fish oil. To reduce this side effect one may take the supplement along with food. In fish oil supplement, if it is not purified properly, there is a possibility of contamination with toxins or heavy metals. Fish oil supplements may cause slight increases in fasting blood glucose levels, particularly in those with Type 2 diabetes.
Interacting DHA side effects
HypertensionDHA supplements have the tendency to decrease the blood pressure. Persons with hypertension are prescribed antihypertensives like enalapril, atenolol, doxazosin, bucindolol, valsartan, furosemide, amlodipine and clonidine. Taking DHA along with these medicines can cause the blood pressure to go too low. Sudden giddiness, blurred vision, shallow breathing and cold, clammy, pale skin are the signs of low blood pressure (hypotension).
Anticoagulant medicationCertain cardiovascular and inflammatory conditions require the use of medications such as heparin, warfarin or aspirin to slow down blood clotting (anticoagulant). As omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA have blood thinning actions, taking them along with the anticoagulant medication can increase the risk of bruising and bleeding. At higher doses there may be internal bleeding and the risk of edema and even stroke.
Aspirin-sensitivityIn persons with aspirin intolerance and sensitivity, the intake of DHA supplements can worsen the condition with side effects like persistent cough, asthma and other breathing difficulties.
ImmunosuppressionDHA supplement has anti-inflammatory function and may suppress the inflammatory responses of the immune system. In persons suffering from immunodeficiency diseases, such immunosuppression can have severe consequences.
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