Is fish oil used to treat schizophrenia?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
While antipsychotic medications and psychosocial therapy are the best treatments for schizophrenia, fish oil may benefit some people with schizophrenia. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil and some plant and nut oils, have been shown to help some people with schizophrenia. Several clinical trials have shown that fish oil might offer some benefits for schizophrenia. However, further research needs to be done before we understand exactly how it helps. People taking any medications, including antipsychotic medications, should discuss all supplements with a doctor before use. This can help to reduce any potentially harmful drug interactions.

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