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Do omega-3 fatty acids interact with other medications?

Individuals with coronary artery disease don't tend to get sufficient amounts of fatty acid, particularly omega-3, from diet alone. People with high glycerides may need even higher doses. So, their doctors may suggest supplements in addition to diet. Patients taking more than 3 grams through supplements, along with diet, may be prone to excessive bleeding. In addition, if you are taking any omega-3 fatty acid supplement, be extremely careful if taking blood thinners, since the supplement could increase the effect of the medication. Also, taking supplements with blood sugar lowering medication can result in an increased need for the medication. If taking cyclosporine, the fatty acid supplements may actually reduce the toxic side effects and reduce high blood pressure. Cholesterol lowering medications may actually work more effectively with the correct ratio of fatty acids.

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