Cod Liver Oil Drug Interactions

Drug Interactions With Cod Liver Oil Explained

The following sections explain in detail the potentially negative interactions that can occur when cod liver oil is combined with some of the drugs listed above.
 
"Blood Thinners"
Combining cod liver oil with medications that increase the risk of bleeding (such as antiplatelet and anticoagulant medications) could, in theory, further increase the risk of bleeding, including dangerous internal bleeding.
 
Check with your healthcare provider before taking cod liver oil in combination with an anticoagulant or antiplatelet medication. Be sure to specifically discuss the possible bleeding risk. In many cases, your healthcare provider may recommend that it is okay to combine such medications, as long as you are careful to watch for any signs of easy bruising or bleeding.
  
Vitamin A and Vitamin D
Cod liver oil contains large doses of vitamin A and vitamin D -- much more than in most vitamins or supplements -- and it's enough to cause toxicity in some people. Taking additional vitamin A or vitamin D along with cod liver oil increases the risk of toxicity due to these vitamins.
 

Final Thoughts

It is possible that not every drug interaction was discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your pharmacist or healthcare provider about the cod liver oil drug interactions that may apply to you.
 
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