Evening Primrose Oil

Case
An adolescent rheumatology patient started using evening primrose oil three months ago and feels it has helped. Her grandmother is concerned about potential side effects and possible interactions with her other medications.
Question
Which of the following is true about evening primrose oil (EPO)?
It is usually applied topically and rubbed into the joints for maximal effect.
EPO contains trans-fatty acids that may contribute to coronary artery disease in those who take it chronically.

 


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