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Glucosamine and chondroitin are natural compounds found in healthy cartilage, which is the connective tissue that cushions joints. They are commonly used together as dietary supplements to help manage joint pain caused by osteoarthritis.
Both compounds are believed to help support joint health by preventing further damage to the existing cartilage and promoting the growth of new cartilage.
While some studies have shown mixed results, there is evidence to suggest that glucosamine and chondroitin may be effective in improving joint mobility and reducing pain associated with osteoarthritis.
Use and Dosage
The recommended dosage of glucosamine and chondroitin can vary depending on the specific supplement and the individual's needs.
Most studies on treating osteoarthritis with the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin have used doses of 500 mg of glucosamine sulphate and 400 mg of chondroitin sulphate, taken three times a day. However, some studies have used different dosages and combinations, so follow the dosage instructions provided on the supplement label.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Although not all side effects are known, chondroitin and glucosamine are thought to be safe when taken for up to 2 years.
Stop using chondroitin and glucosamine and call your healthcare provider at once if you have:
- Irregular heartbeats
- Swelling in your legs
Common side effects of chondroitin and glucosamine may include:
- Nausea, diarrhea, or constipation
- Stomach pain, gas, or bloating
- Hair loss
- Puffy eyelids
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding: There is not enough reliable information to know if glucosamine sulphate, glucosamine hydrochloride, or N-acetyl glucosamine is safe to use when pregnant or breastfeeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Asthma: Glucosamine might make asthma worse. Until more is known, people with asthma should be cautious about taking products that contain glucosamine.
Diabetes: There used to be some concern that glucosamine might increase blood sugar levels. But most research shows that glucosamine does not increase blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
Glaucoma: Glucosamine might increase the pressure inside the eye and could worsen glaucoma. If you have glaucoma, talk to your healthcare provider before taking glucosamine.
High cholesterol: There used to be some concern that glucosamine might increase cholesterol levels. But most research shows that glucosamine does not seem to increase cholesterol levels.
High blood pressure: There used to be some concern that glucosamine might increase blood pressure. But most research shows that glucosamine does not seem to increase blood pressure.
Shellfish allergy: Glucosamine is produced from the shells of shrimp, lobster, and crabs. If you have a shellfish allergy, talk to your healthcare provider before using glucosamine.
Form and Strengths
Glucosamine/Chondroitin is available in the following form and strengths:
How should I take chondroitin and glucosamine?
If you choose to use chondroitin and glucosamine, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider. Do not use more of this product than is recommended on the label.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra chondroitin and glucosamine to make up for the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention.
What should I avoid while taking chondroitin and glucosamine?
Follow your healthcare provider's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
It's important to purchase Glucosamine with Chondroitin from verified Canadian pharmacy.