omega 3 fish oil -can it harm

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   Posted 1/30/2008 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
my friends swears it helps her son immensley for his chron's is there a down side to dtrying this for my daughter?-thanks
Mom to 19 year old daughter diagnosed 11/07.
asacol 2 3x daily-discontinued
colazal 3 3x daily/switched to 4 4x daily
proctofoam 3x daily/1-2xdaily
mesalamine enema 1x daily
canasa suppostiories 3x daily /switched to court supp 1-2x daily
culturelle probiotic 1 daily
chewable vitamin
hydrocortisone enema at bed time 6mp50

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   Posted 1/30/2008 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
No, there is no downside unless your daughter has some type of allergy/reaction to fish or you purchase a cheap brand that's not certified pure and mercury free. Human trials have tested folks at extremely high doses of omega-3 EPA and DHA with no adverse effects.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.

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   Posted 1/30/2008 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Princesa. The only thing I would add is that your daughter should check with her doctor before starting it. Your daughter is already on a lot of medication, and you want to make sure it isn't going to cause any interactions, etc.
Current Medications:
- Asacol (4 pills, 3x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Prenatal Vitamin (1x per day)
- Iron (2x per day)

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   Posted 1/30/2008 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
The only real harm that fish oil can do is give you very foul-smelling burps.
12 Asacol
100 mg Imuran

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   Posted 1/30/2008 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
i use an enteric coated one and no fishy burps for me.

actually, there are risks for people with diabetes and some claim that high doses even for healthy people can cause diarrhea, nausea, and bad taste.

just google "fish oil risk"
28, happily married, stay at home mom to 2 year old son. due to have baby #2 9/17/08
UC (probably pancolitis, but no c-scope yet), diagnosed June 2006, started having major symptoms sometime in January 2006, about 3 months after childbirth. 2nd flare (minor) may 2007 after taking caprylic acid for 2 weeks.

-Prednisone 8/28/06-2/28/07. and again may '07, 8 week course.
-Asacol, probiotics, ground psyllium husk, fish oil, prenatal

may you live all the days of your life.

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   Posted 1/30/2008 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
How is your daughter feeling overall? What did the gastro say after her fiberoptic exams? Does she have pancolitis or more limited-area UC? Give her time to recuperate from these invasive procedures because the colonoscopy especially can irritate the inflamed tissues & make it seem for a few days afterward like the meds aren't helping. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

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   Posted 1/30/2008 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't heard of any side effects. Just make sure you get quality ones.
Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence.
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
Added: tumeric and probiotics.

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   Posted 1/30/2008 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I frequently read your posts, and I feel so bad for your daughter and for you. My son has UC and is in a terrible flare, but nothing like what you are going through. It is so difficult watching your child be sick Fixing the problem becomes all consuming. I am on these boards way more than I should. Great information, and ideas. Have you tried to find a Holistic or Naturopath practitioner? I think there is hope in that area. Good luck to you, and, keep doing your research. There should be a trigger that is making your daughter so sick. Hang in there :)
UC Mom
Son diagnosed 10, 2006 at age 15
12 asacol daily
Culturelle Probiotic
Omega 3
Multi Vitamin

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   Posted 1/31/2008 4:48 AM (GMT -6)   
the only concern I have re: fish oil is if it's farmed salmon that can contain high levels of PCB.
Here's a copy of an email I sent to the company I buy them from when I queried this:




(no subject)

with regard to your product number 003832 (Fish Oil Concentrate Capsules) can you tell me what species of fish the oil is taken from?
There have been concerns regarding the level of PCB's in farmed salmon and I would like to know the provenance of the capsules,

Dear Cameron

Thank you for your message regarding Fish Oils.

We obtain our fish oils from a variety of suppliers who use different source fish, including anchovies, herring, menhaden, salmon, sardines and sprat.

· Over 90% of the oils we use in our many fish oil products are from wild sources.
· The oil that comes from wild fish is from a combination of anchovies, menhaden, Atlantic wild salmon and sardines.
· The oil that comes from farmed fish is from a combination of anchovies, herring, salmon, sardines and sprat.
· Our pure salmon oil comes from a combination of farmed and wild salmon.
· Although a larger percent of our pure salmon oil is sourced from farmed than wild salmon, the Norwegian fish farms currently use crude soybeans to enrich their fish feed, rather than fish meal. The oils are then fortified with additional omega 3 fatty acids to maintain the fatty acid profile we promise on our labels.

All shipments of fish oil must meet or exceed our stringent quality guidelines, including strict upper limits for PCBs and heavy metals.

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Diagnosed Indeterminate Colitis 25/11/2007 (update: told by consultant 15/01/08 in his opinion definitely UC). 1 x Solofalk Enema/day 40mg Prednisolone 35mg Prednisolone 30mg Prednisolone 20mg Prednisolone 25mg Prednisolone 20mg Prednisolone 15mg Prednisolone 4g Pentasa/day

Taken off Pentasa and now on 15mg Prednisolone, Omeprazole 20mg, 2 x Calcium Adcal D3, and started 50mg Azathioprine/Imuran.

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   Posted 2/1/2008 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
the fish oil i bought-i'm going to take myself for a while before i let her try- is trader joes brand it has sardines and anchovies? plus the galatin capsule.

Old Hat thanks for asking about her scopes - they were last thursday and the dr said she is mild to moderate left side, the bottom-rectum- is healing very well, but it is hardher further up to get the healing going -i think she said it goes up 30cm? g
otta check that , but something in my gut doesn't want to hear it. she miraculously din't get worse after prep and scope-right now no blood - d 3-4x day. no lesions or inflamation on endosocope. small patch in colon had chrons appearance but the dr waived it off and said it did not biopsy for chrons- i know things can always change.-thanks
Mom to 19 year old daughter diagnosed 11/07.
asacol 2 3x daily-discontinued
colazal 3 3x daily/switched to 4 4x daily
proctofoam 3x daily/1-2xdaily
mesalamine enema 1x daily
canasa suppostiories 3x daily /switched to court supp 1-2x daily
culturelle probiotic 1 daily
chewable vitamin
hydrocortisone enema at bed time 6mp50

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   Posted 2/1/2008 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
PLEASE....great to hear your daughter's scope went well and that she's on the road to recovey.

The sardines and anchovies seem like they'd be good oil sources.

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every second night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 2/2/2008 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   

How much omega-3 is enough for a therapeutic dose? The studies I read online used something like 4 grams a day which is about six double-strength fish pills, which is a lot to take (along with everything else). What amount have people seen some results with? GNC has a good selection, but the way.

Ben, 38
Symptoms started 10/06, diagnosed 4/07.
Currently on 8.75mg Prednisone (w/calcium), trying Sulphasalazine.

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   Posted 2/3/2008 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
PLEASE - in direct answer to your question, "it's unlikely to harm". Like any medication, its theoretically possible to massivly overdose, but you would really have to be shoveling it down.

Fish oil was of most use to me when I was tapering off prednisone. After being on doses over 60mg for so long, it was really hard for me to make the jumps from 25mg down to 20mg and then again from 13mg to 6mg.

I found fish oil really helped with the recoil I would experience in the first week or two following each drop.

I was taking 18 grams of salmon fish oil per day. 6 x 1mg capsules morning, noon and again at night with dinner.
"We are dreamers, shapers, singers and makers..." - Elric, elder Technomage
    - 28yo male, Australia. Diagnosed at 16yo;
    - 2xColazide, twice a day; 1x6-mp twice a day; 1xAbatacept 10mg/kg per month;
    - 1xZinc per day, 1xDesert spoon of Metamucil smooth orange 3 times a day;
    - 3xGarlic Oil caps 3 times a day, 7mL Olive Leaf Extract 2 times a day.

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   Posted 2/3/2008 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I found that they caused me to have more D than before I took them so I stopped taking them and the D stopped.
Diagnosed with Left-sided Ulcerative Colitis 1995 at 15, Tried: Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, etc... had almost recto-vaginal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Remicade 700mgs every 6 wks (had reaction, will start Humira Feb 11) Clorazepate, Proctofoam HC, Glucosamine 500, Vitamin B, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica for Fibromyalgia started 1/17/08

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