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Chondroitin is prescribed to patients suffering from osteoarthritis. Chondroitin is usually prescribed along with glucosamine. Consult your doctor regarding its dosage. It is also given to patients muscle soreness, joint pain. Chondroitin also comes as a eye drop for dry eyes.

Side effects are rare with Chondroitin usage. Some side effects noticed in patients taking this medicine are mood changes, rash, hives, diarrhea and headaches, bloating, swollen eyelids, leg swelling, hair loss, and irregular heartbeat. Seek immediate medical attention in case you notice any adverse effects.

Consult your doctor before taking Chondroitin, especially if you have asthma, prostate cancer, shellfish allergies, bleeding disorders. Diabetic patients should also avoid taking this medicine as it may affect blood sugar level. Do not take this medicine along with warfarin.

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In addition to its intended effect, Chondroitin may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
Flushing (sense of warmth in the face
neck and trunk)
Skin redness
Stomach cramp
Stomach upset.
Is It safe with alcohol?
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?
There is no interaction between driving and consuming this drug. So dose alteration is not needed.
Does this affect kidney function?
There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Does this affect liver function?
There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Chondroitin as ingredient
Kinesis Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Biological E Ltd
Delcure Life Sciences
Zuventus Healthcare Ltd
AN Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Windlas Biotech Ltd
Zyonate Plus 30Mg/40Mg Injection
Zydus Cadila
Dr. Johns Laboratories Pvt Ltd
Glorious Healthcare Pvt Ltd
Comed Chemicals Ltd
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
Panjon Pharma Ltd
Aden Healthcare
Ordain Health Care Global Pvt Ltd
Nexgen Rx Life Science Pvt Ltd
Knoll Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Meyer Organics Pvt Ltd
Sanofi India Ltd
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you're at risk of a drug interaction.
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With Food
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Popular Questions & Answers

What is the prognosis of chronic arthritis when supplement of Glucosamine & Chondroitin and MSM supplement is given ?

Fellowship in Shoulder and Knee Surgeries, DNB (Orthopedics), Diploma In Orthopaedics (D. Ortho), MBBS
Orthopedist, Nagpur
This doesn't cure the disease. May delay the pathology. You have to do physiotherapy. Treatment depends on clinical examination and x rays.

I am 61 yr female suffering from acute pain in right knee due to cartilage depletion. I am taking glucosamine chondroitin.

Dip. SICOT (Belgium), MNAMS, DNB (Orthopedics), MBBS
Orthopedist, Delhi
Hello, thanks for your query and welcome to lybrate. Please tell me duration of pain and what are aggravating factors? how much distance can you walk and what is the analgesic requirement to carry out activities of daily routine? what medications you generally take and what has been your treatment history till now for existing problem. I also need to see your latest knee x rays so that I know what grade of arthritis are we dealing with on your case? do not hesitate to contact me if you need any further assistance. Thanks & regards Dr Akshay Kumar Saxena

Sir, I am suffering from osteoarthritis in my right knee, some what swelling is there. I am taking" rejoint" - tab (glucosamine sulphate 500mg, chondroitin sulphate 400mg). How it works? is it a pain killer?

Dip. SICOT (Belgium), MNAMS, DNB (Orthopedics), MBBS
Orthopedist, Delhi
Hello, thanks for your query and welcome to lybrate. I am dr akshay from fortis hospital, new delhi. Please tell me duration of pain and what are aggravating factors? how much distance can you walk and what is the analgesic requirement to carry out activities of daily routine? what medications you generally take and what has been your treatment history till now for existing problem. I also need to see your latest knee x rays so that I know what grade of arthritis are we dealing with on your case? rejoint is not a pain killer but has glucosamine which has been thought to help in cartilage regeneration and minimize symptoms, although its role is controversial. Do not hesitate to contact me if you need any further assistance. Thanks & regards dr akshay kumar saxena consultant orthopaedics fortis hospital, new delhi

Age 29 years I had a knee pain in right leg. After mri ,doctor told that it is osteochondral defect and suggest for immediate orthoscopy I consulted another doctor, he suggested for physiotherapy, Now my pain and problem is 60% reduced. Recently doctor has suggested to take lafarze medicine for 3 months (glucosamine sulphate 2kcl and chondroitin) to repair cartilage injury. Is glucosamine and chondroitin works? Can exercise cure me completely?

MBBS, M. S. Orthopedics, Orthopaedics, MD - Sports Medicine
Orthopedist, Delhi
Age 29 years
I had a knee pain in right leg.
After mri ,doctor told that it is osteochondral defect and suggest for i...
I have not seen your MRI . If a cartilage charting shows there is a defect on the cartilage then an arthroscopy is better to treat that defect. Depending on the size of the defect the treatment is biased. The pain is only immediate. If a definite defect is there then it needs to be treated otherwise will lead to early osteoarthritis
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Popular Health Tips

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha

4 ways to put off joint replacement
Tip #1: Lose weight: For every extra pound you carry, you put about three pounds of additional pressure on your knees and multiply the pressure on your hips by six. If you have arthritis, losing just 15 pounds can cut your knee pain in half.

Tip #2: Take care when using your joints: Poor posture and using the wrong techniques during your daily activities add more stress to damaged joints. By standing up straight instead of slouching, you can protect the joints in your neck, hips, and knees. Also use the proper technique when lifting or carrying anything heavy. If any activity hurts, stop doing it right away.

Tip #3: Try nonsurgical approaches before turning to surgery: Treatment with steroids is one approach. Benefits can last anywhere from four to six months. However, this doesn't work for everyone. Visco supplementation involves injecting a lubricating fluid into damaged knee joints to treat osteoarthritis

Tip #4: Get pain relief: Instead of heading straight to your doctor to treat sore joints, try taking an over-the-counter pain reliever. Take them for the shortest possible time to relieve your discomfort. There is also some evidence that the dietary supplement glucosamine chondroitin can lead to subtle improvements in arthritis pain.
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Options Other Than Knee Replacement

Orthopedist, Delhi
Options Other Than Knee Replacement

There is no cure for arthritis but there are a number of treatments that may help relieve the pain and disability it can cause.

  • As with other arthritic conditions, initial treatment of arthritis of the knee is nonsurgical. Your doctor may recommend a range of treatment options.
  • Lifestyle modifications. Some changes in your daily life can protect your knee joint and slow the progress of arthritis.
  • Minimize activities that aggravate the condition, such as climbing stairs.
  • Switching from high impact activities (like jogging or tennis) to lower impact activities (like swimming or cycling) will put less stress on your knee.
  • Losing weight can reduce stress on the knee joint, resulting in less pain and increased function.
  • Physical therapy. Specific exercises can help increase range of motion and flexibility, as well as help strengthen the muscles in your leg. Your doctor or a physical therapist can help develop an individualized exercise program that meets your needs and lifestyle.
  • Assistive devices. Using devices such as a cane, wearing shock-absorbing shoes or inserts, or wearing a brace or knee sleeve can be helpful. A brace assists with stability and function, and may be especially helpful if the arthritis is centered on one side of the knee. There are two types of braces that are often used for knee arthritis: an" unloader" brace shifts weight away from the affected portion of the knee, while a" support" brace helps support the entire knee load.
  • Other remedies. Applying heat or ice, using pain-relieving ointments or creams, or wearing elastic bandages to provide support to the knee may provide some relief from pain.
  • Medications. Several types of drugs are useful in treating arthritis of the knee. Because people respond differently to medications, your doctor will work closely with you to determine the medications and dosages that are safe and effective for you.
  • Over-the-counter, non-narcotic pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications are usually the first choice of therapy for arthritis of the knee. Acetaminophen is a simple, over-the-counter pain reliever that can be effective in reducing arthritis pain.
  • Like all medications, over-the-counter pain relievers can cause side effects and interact with other medications you are taking. Be sure to discuss potential side effects with your doctor.
  • Another type of pain reliever is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or nsaid (pronounced" en-said"). Nsaids, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, are available both over-the-counter and by prescription. A cox-2 inhibitor is a special type of nsaid that may cause fewer gastrointestinal side effects. Common brand names of cox-2 inhibitors include celebrex (celecoxib) and mobic (meloxicam, which is a partial cox-2 inhibitor). A cox-2 inhibitor reduces pain and inflammation so that you can function better. If you are taking a cox-2 inhibitor, you should not use a traditional nsaid (prescription or over-the-counter). Be sure to tell your doctor if you have had a heart attack, stroke, angina, blood clot, hypertension, or if you are sensitive to aspirin, sulfa drugs or other nsaids.
  • Corticosteroids (also known as cortisone) are powerful anti-inflammatory agents that can be injected into the joint these injections provide pain relief and reduce inflammation; however, the effects do not last indefinitely. Your doctor may recommend limiting the number of injections to three or four per year, per joint, due to possible side effects.
  • In some cases, pain and swelling may" flare" immediately after the injection, and the potential exists for long-term joint damage or infection. With frequent repeated injections, or injections over an extended period of time, joint damage can actually increase rather than decrease.
  • Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (dmards) are used to slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis. Drugs like methotrexate, sulfasalazine, and hydroxychloroquine are commonly prescribed.
  • In addition, biologic dmards like etanercept (embril) and adalimumab (humira) may reduce the body's overactive immune response. Because there are many different drugs today for rheumatoid arthritis, a rheumatology specialist is often required to effectively manage medications.
  • Viscosupplementation involves injecting substances into the joint to improve the quality of the joint fluid.
  •  Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, substances found naturally in joint cartilage, can be taken as dietary supplements. Although patient reports indicate that these supplements may relieve pain, there is no evidence to support the use of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate to decrease or reverse the progression of arthritis.
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Tips to prevent arthritis

MBBS, Diploma In Child Health
Pediatrician, Hyderabad
Tips to prevent arthritis.

Arthritis in different forms affects a large number of people all over the world. There can be primary and secondary causes of arthritis, the most common being a degenerative form of arthritis, which can be due to the ageing process. There is also wear and tear of the cartilage between the two articulating bones, which forms the joint and in some cases, due to osteoporosis bones are already weaker and softer and susceptible to deformation.

Tips -

*Physical activity like choose stairs instead of lifts, walk 500 metres before getting into the car.
*Start mild to moderate exercises and weight management.
*Indulge in distressing activities like meditation.
*Protect your joints from fresh injury as well as the existing injuries.
*Drink plenty of water.
*Increase your calcium intake.
*Increase your vitamin intake.
*Treat injuries.
*Reduce repetitive motion in your daily life.
*Avoid smoking.
*Avoid alcohol consumption as it weakens bone health and structure.
*Try taking glucosamine and chondroitin.
*Drink milk regularly, and in case you are lactose intolerant then switch to calcium and broccoli for calcium intake.
*For a post menopausal woman, hormone replacement therapy and additional calcium and vitamin d are important.
*Practice yoga or simple stretching.
*Use of good body mechanics.
*Make sure that your shoes are the right size and make sure that they are padded.
*Avoid inflammatory foods

Often chronic inflammation is associated with a host of diseases, some of which are even life threatening like cancer and heart disease. You will be surprised to find that most of the internal inflammatory conditions occur due to the increased consumption of certain foods such as: salt, sugar, sweeteners, alcohol, caffeine, injected meat, common cooking oil, trans fats and red meat.

Home remedies for arthritis -
*One teaspoon of honey and apple cider vinegar each with a cup of warm water 
*Mustard oil
*Epsom salt
*Fish oil

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7 Non Surgical Treatments For Shoulder Arthritis!

DNB (Orthopedics), MS - Orthopaedics
Orthopedist, Visakhapatnam
7 Non Surgical Treatments For Shoulder Arthritis!

The shoulders are the most mobile joints in your body. Shoulder joints undergo wear and a tear over time and hence become unstable. Shoulder arthritis is one of the painful conditions affecting the shoulder joints. Arthritis not only takes a toll on the tendons and muscles, but also affects the ligaments and joints too. They usually cause symptoms such as joint pain, resulting in limited mobility.


Nonsurgical or Lifestyle treatments:

  1. Take rest or avoid the activities that provoke pain or change the way of your arm movements.
  2. Physical therapy boosts shoulder mobility.
  3. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or aspirin alleviate pain and inflammation.
  4. Corticosteroid injections in the shoulders can also help to ease the pain and inflammation, although temporarily.
  5. Applying moist heat or ice packs over the shoulders for about half an hour at least thrice a day brings relief.
  6. Drugs such as methotrexate can be administered in case one is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (a chronic disease attacking multiple joints of the body).
  7. Dietary supplements such as chondroitin and glucosamine may help reduce pain.

Surgical treatments (if your pain results in disability and does not lessen with nonsurgical options)

  1. Join replacement surgery or arthroplasty involves replacing the damaged parts of the shoulder with a prosthetic (artificial) joint.
  2. Few mild forms of arthritis may be treated using the Arthroscopic procedure (minimally invasive surgery). It requires a surgeon to ease the joint pain by making small incisions to “clean out” the joint. A tiny camera fitted into the joint guides the surgeon through the surgery.
  3. Resection arthroplasty is a method that involves the surgical removal of the bone from the collar bone and substituting it with a scar tissue to treat arthritis of particular joints. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an orthopedist. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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Eggshells - 5 Reasons You Must Start Eating Them Today!

Diploma In Diet & Nutrition, Diploma In Dietitics, Health & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Eggshells - 5 Reasons You Must Start Eating Them Today!

There is no doubt about the fact that eggs are one of the most nutritious and healthy foods known to us. All over the world people include eggs as a part of their healthy breakfast diet. But, surprisingly, just like the eggs, the eggshells come with various nutrients too and do have an array of health benefits to offer. Though the majority of people tend to dispose of the eggshells once the edible parts are taken, just as the egg yolk or egg white, egg shells can be consumed too.

Let’s have a look at some of the major health benefits of having eggshells.

  1. Ensures overall good health: Studies have shown that the best way of consuming eggshells is in the form of powder. And by regularly adding this powder to the various foods one takes, he or she can easily safeguard their overall physical well-being. While the hyaluronic acid present in the eggshells can make your skin glow, the other elements of the eggshells like chondroitin, collagen, and glucosamine help in alleviating joint pains and stiffness.
  2. Eliminates toxic components: When it comes to cleansing the blood, or eliminating harmful toxic components from it, eggshell powder can be a great solution. By having at least three glasses of eggshell powder and water mixture every day, one can effectively remove the toxic agents from the body.
  3. Treats thyroid glands too: You can prepare a home remedy for thyroid problems by crushing eggshells, adding lemon juice to it, storing it in the refrigerator for at least 7 days and have 1 teaspoon of it, mixed with alcoholic beverage and honey, every day in an empty stomach.
  4. Offers a cure to Gastric UlcerWhen it comes to the most effective natural remedies for curing gastric ulcer, the use of eggshells is of great importance. The vital nutrients that the eggshells possess make them ideal for gastric ulcer conditions. A mixture of softened eggshell powder and hot milk can cure ulcer or gastritis when taken regularly.
  5. Makes the bones strong: Calcium being one of the most important minerals in the body, to keep the bones strong and healthy, meeting with the daily calcium requirement of the body becomes essential. And the eggshells being among the richest sources of calcium found, including this source of pure calcium helps in making the bones stronger. Consisting of 95% calcium, the eggshells also promote healthy teeth.

As can be observed eggshells do have a significant nutritional worth in the maintaining of good health. Therefore, utilizing the eggshells for making a smooth eggshell powder instead of throwing them in the bins and adding the powder to the diet certainly offers enough potential for a steady maintenance of one's health.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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About Chondroitin
When is Chondroitin prescribed?
What are the side effects of Chondroitin?
Key highlights of Chondroitin
Medicines containing Chondroitin
What are the interactions for Chondroitin?