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Fish Oil

Low Risk

Also known as:

cod liver oil krill oil Mega Red® omega-3

Possible Symptoms
  • stomach upset
  • belching that tastes of the fish oil
  • diarrhea
What to Do
  1. Wipe or rinse out the mouth.
  2. Give a serving size of water to drink.
  3. Call 1-800-222-1222 for additional instructions.

Additional Information

Quick Facts about fish oil:

Fish oil supplements are sold in capsule form and are made from fat that is extracted from the tissue of oily fish such as herring, tuna, and mackerel.  These supplements may promote heart health by increasing “good” cholesterol, lowering triglycerides, and reducing the hardening of the arteries.  They may also improve eye health.

If more fish oil capsules are taken than recommended, it can cause unpleasant side effects such as stomach discomfort, frequent belching with a fishy taste, and loose, oily stools or diarrhea.  Due to the relatively large size of capsules, they can be a choking hazard for children.

If you find your child with fish oil capsules, do not panic.  Take the capsules away from them, wipe out the mouth with a soft, wet cloth and give them some water to drink.  If problems start or you have questions, call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.  The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions.

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