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Gamma Linolenic Acid

Molecule Description

Gamma Linolenic Acid is a substance found in plant seed oils like the evening pr...
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    Side effects
    Precautions and Warnings
    Mode of Action

Uses of Gamma Linolenic Acid

  • Diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage causing pain in those suffering from Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes)
  • Eczema (condition that makes your skin red and itchy)
  • Psoriasis (a condition in which the skin cells build up and form scales and itchy, dry patches)
  • Systemic sclerosis (hardening and tightening of the skin)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer like breast cancer
  • Depression, ADHD, depression after childbirth
  • Long-time fatigue syndrome
  • Hay fever (allergic rhinitis)

Contraindications of Gamma Linolenic Acid

When should one not use Gamma Linolenic Acid

  • If you are allergic to this medicine
  • If you are scheduled for any major surgery and there is a risk of more bleeding
  • If you suffer from bleeding disorders

Side effects of Gamma Linolenic Acid

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Allergic reaction like - fever, chills, rash, hives, breathing difficulty, swelling over your face, lips and throat
  • Bleeding, bruising by making the blood take longer to clot
  • Belching, gas, diarrhea, soft stool

Precautions and Warnings of Gamma Linolenic Acid



Can I take Gamma Linolenic Acid during pregnancy?
You should not take this medicine during pregnancy. It is because the safety of this medicine for use during pregnancy has not been established.

Breast Feeding

Can I take Gamma Linolenic Acid while breastfeeding?
It is probably unsafe to take this medicine if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed as there is not enough reliable information.


Can I drive if I have consumed Gamma Linolenic Acid?
No specific information available


Can I consume alcohol with Gamma Linolenic Acid?
No specific information available

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • If you have severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis (life threatening condition)
  • Be informed to your concerned doctor immediately if you have conditions like rash or itching to skin, abnormal voice changes, trouble in breathing, trouble in swallowing or in case any swelling to you...
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  • Before surgery regarding all the products you use (including prescription medicines, non-prescription medicines and herbal products)

Mode of Action of Gamma Linolenic Acid

How Does It Work?

Since Gamma Linolenic Acid is an Omega-6 fatty acid, the body converts this into substances that decrease inflammation and cell growth.

Interactions of Gamma Linolenic Acid

Interactions with other medicines

  • Anti-blood clotting and anti-coagulant medicines like Diclofenac, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, etc. These medicines, when taken along with Gamma Linolenic Acid, might result in bleeding and bruising
  • Phenothiazines medicines like Fluphenazine, Chlorpromazine, Trifluoperazine, etc. when taken with Gamma Linolenic Acid might increase the risk of having a convulsion in some patients

Interactions with food items

No information is available on interactions of this medicine when taken with food, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information.

Dosage of Gamma Linolenic Acid


Research reveals little or no information regarding toxic effects with overdose of this product. Nevertheless, seek emergency medical care immediately if you overdose.

Missed a Dose

If you missed any dose, take it as early as you remember. If it is time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose of medicine to comp...
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Content Details


Dr. Abhishek B L

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)


Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: What should I discuss with my healthcare expert before taking Gamma Linolenic Acid?

  • You must inform your doctor if you are suffering from any bleeding disorder
  • If you are allergic to Gamma Linolenic Acid
  • If you are scheduled for any surgery
  • Also mention to your doctor all the prescription and non-prescription medicines, herbal preparations and nutritional supplements that you may be taking, before starting this medication

Q: When and how to consume this medicine?

  • You must take medicine precisely the way it is prescribed by the physician
  • Follow the instructions mentioned on the prescription label
  • Do not alter the dose unless recommended by your doctor. Do not take it longer or shorter than advised
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)

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