Side effects of the ingredients in FocusNeeds® are rare and generally mild; here are some of the potential issues that might arise. This is not a complete list.
- Fishy or metallic taste or aftertaste; fish-like odor.
- Urine can be a bright yellow color and/or with a characteristic odor.
- GI effects, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and/or reflux (GERD). For this reason, it is advisable to take this product with meals, at least at first.
- Occasional fever, chills, body aches, pain, skin rash.
- Sleep disorders, irritability, confusion, excitability.
- Increased bleeding, including nose bleeds, and decreased blood clotting. For this reason, some surgeons recommend stopping the product before surgery.
- Complicated potential effects on blood sugar, so care should be taken in certain individuals with problematic high or low blood sugar.
- Complicated potential effects on blood pressure, so care should be taken in certain individuals with problematic high or low blood pressure.
- Interactions with some medications, especially some used for blood pressure or blood sugar control, immunosuppression (cyclosporine, sirolimus, tacrolimus), blood clotting (Coumadin), and chemotherapy (platinum agents).
- If high-dose vitamin D is given in other supplements, the additional amount in FocusNeeds® could contribute to overtreatment.
- Allergic reactions to fish or seafood (krill). For this reason, this product may not be indicated for those with seafood allergies.
The American Heart Association (AHA) states that taking up to 3,000 mg of fish oil daily in supplement form is considered safe. At recommend adult dosing, FocusNeeds® contains 1,000 mg of total oil, and is thus well under this limit. The maximum tolerated amount of krill oil is less clear, but most sites advocate taking between 250-500 mg a day, and FocusNeeds® averages at 400 mg, which is within the recommend range. Do not take more than the amount on our label unless you discuss it with your doctor first.