Initial Posting: 5/23/2014    Last Update: 9/19/2019
Question: Is it true that taking a statin drug negates the benefits of taking fish oil supplements?
Answer: Although there is evidence that statins and other cholesterol-lowering drugs can alter the metabolism of omega-3 fatty acids in the body (reducing levels of DHA in the case of the drug fenofibrate, for example), this does not argue against taking fish oil when taking these drugs. In fact, taking fish oil can lower triglyceride levels and lower "bad" cholesterol levels when taken with cholesterol-lowering drugs. For more information, see the Cautions and Concerns section of the Fish Oil and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements Review.