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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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

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