I began taking fish oil supplements of 1200 mg. twice a day a couple of weeks ago. About a week ago, I began experiencing intense itching; I finally bought an anti-itch cream to put on my skin. I stopped the fish oil supplements two days ago, and the itching subsided. Then I tried again this evening to take the supplement, but I began to itch again. I always take the fish oil with a meal.
I also have diabetes and hypothyrodism. I thought the itching may have been due to the thyroid condition, but a recent test shows that my thyroid levels are normal. I take several medications for high lipids, diabetes, low thyroid, and Lexapro for depression.
Unfortunately, I don't have an "answer" for you, but I can certainly empathize!! I started taking fish oil two days ago and already am researching itching! I thought the fish oil was supposed to have so many benefits; no one mention potential side effects except the taste! I also take Armour thyroid to treat hypothyroidism.
Fish oil makes me itch too and I have been buying the cheap kind. I switched to Salmon Oil and immediately noticed a difference. I am taking up to 8 capsules a day for my eyes. I think it is the cheap tablets. Some say the fish oil contains a little mercury and the Salmon capsules do not, so I am trying Salmon capsules.
I started taking Omega 3 fish oil supplements two to three months ago. I take three per day. I recently started itching, so decided today to search online. I am glad to see that others are experiencing the itching! I also have hypothyroidism and take Armour thyroid. I wonder if there is a connection. Could we now have too much iodine in our systems? I am going to stop taking he fish oil for a while and see if the itching stops. Am taking it for high blood pressure and realized it helped my left eye from being dry. I hate to give it up, but can't keep itching! It comes and goes - very much like a slight contact dermatitis.
Thank you everyone for your answers. I started taking high potency Omega 3 & 6 tablets in December and haven't stopped itching since! Today I finally decided to go online to see if the itching could be because of the fish oil. I started the fish oil to reduce inflammation after discontinuing Celebrex (due to the side affects.) It hasn't helped an awful lot so now that I know what my problem is I might stop taking the fish oil. This itching is driving me crazy!! Thanks again for all your comments.
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