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Glucosamine is used for promoting cartilage and joint health. It is a cellulose-like product which contains naturally occurring building blocks that the body uses to make cartilage. It works by stimulating the production of cartilage, which in turn leads to joint repair.

You are advised to avoid using this medicine if you are allergic to it or if you are pregnant. It is important that your doctor knows if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking any prescription or over the counter drugs, have any allergies to medicines or other substances, or if you suffer from arthritis or diabetes before prescribing you this medicine.

The dosing of Glucosamine depends on the use and the source of the product. If you miss a scheduled dose for more than a day, then there is no cause for concern. Consult your doctor and take it after his approval.

Some effects that you may experience on using this medicine are constipation, severe allergic reactions, diarrhoea, drowsiness, nausea, headache, heartburn, stomach upset and vomiting.

Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a Rheumatologist before using this medicine.

The medication can treat the below provided problems:

Common side effects of this medicine includes:

  • 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?

    Caution is advised when driving or operating machinery.
  • 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.
  • Are there any overdose instructions?

    An overdosage could cause harmful effects on the body.
  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    The missed dose should be taken as soon as possible.

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Glucosamine as ingredient

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Glucosamine is an amino sugar used for supplemental treatment of osteoarthritis. It is an important precursor in glycosaminoglycan biosynthesis. Glycosaminoglycans are a major component of joint cartilages, hence glucosamine as supplement can help rebuild cartilage and treat osteoarthritis.

Ques: What is Glucosamine?

Ans: Glucosamine is the active constituent, a salt that performs its action by helping in the formation of cartilage (the soft tissue that cushions the joints) and keeps the joints lubricated for better movement and flexibility. Glucosamine is used to treat conditions such as Osteoarthritis.

Ques: What are the uses of Glucosamine?

Ans: Glucosamine is a medication, which is used for the treatment and prevention of conditions such as Osteoarthritis. The patient should inform the doctor about any ongoing medications and treatment before using Glucosamine to avoid undesirable effects.

Ques: What are the Side Effects of Glucosamine?

Ans: Glucosamine is a medication that has some commonly reported side effects. These side effects may or may not occur always and some of them are rare but severe. This is not a complete list and if you experience any of the below-mentioned side effects, contact your doctor immediately. Here are some side effects of Glucosamine which are as follows: Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Constipation, Heartburn, and Headache. It is a list of possible side-effects that may occur due to the constituting ingredients of Glucosamine.

Ques: What are the instructions for storage and disposal Glucosamine?

Ans: Glucosamine should be kept in a cool dry place and in its original packaging. Make sure this medication remains unreachable to children and pets. The patient should consult a doctor for its further uses and side effects and should inform the doctor about any ongoing medications and treatment before using to avoid undesirable effects. It is a prescribed medication.

Ques: Should I use Glucosamine empty stomach, before food or after food?

Ans: This medication is to be consumed orally. The salts involved in this medication react properly if it is taken after having food. If you take it on an empty stomach, it might upset your stomach. Please consult the doctor before using Glucosamine.

Ques: How long do I need to use Glucosamine before I see improvement of my conditions?

Ans: The time taken by this medication to improve your health is unknown. Thus it is advised to use this medication for the time period it is prescribed by your doctor. Using this medication longer than its prescribed time may cause some side effects to the patient. Please consult your doctor before using Glucosamine.

Ques: Is there any food or drink I need to avoid?

Ans: The diet should be normal, there is nothing as such to avoid. However, eating healthy, doing physical exercises, and avoiding any kind of harmful practices like smoking or drinking can uplift your health.

Ques: Will Glucosamine be more effective if taken in more than the recommended dose?

Ans: There is no need to take this medication more than its recommended doses. Taking over-dosage of this medication may trigger side effects. If the severity of the condition is not reducing with the recommended dosage of Glucosamine, then the doctor should be consulted for re-examining your condition.
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About Glucosamine
What are the uses of Glucosamine
What are the contraindications of Glucosamine ?
What are the side effects of Glucosamine ?
Key highlights of Glucosamine
What are the dosage instructions?
Medicines containing Glucosamine
How does this medication work?
FAQs about Glucosamine