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Shopping for glucosamine 

Here’s what you need to know when comparison shopping for a glucosamine supplement: 

You should expect to pay anywhere from $1-3 per pill when taking glucosamine daily. Since insurance companies rarely cover supplements of any kind, you’ll most likely be paying for them out of pocket.  Remember - the cheaper the product in this case, the less likely you are to get the real thing.

Read the ingredients label on the bottle to determine the dosage. Approximately 1500mg of glucosamine and 1200mg of chondroitin have been safely used in clinical trials. Depending on your individual medication tolerances and the severity of your arthritis, you should consult your physician or rheumatologist to find the right dose for your individual needs. 

Select supplements manufactured by a well-known, reputable company. Remember, the cheaper the glucosamine supplement, the more likely it is to be a worthless waste of your time and money. see Arthritis Pain and Glucosamine

You are looking for Glucosamine sulfate or N-Acelylglucosamine (N-A-G). I also use Superoxide dismutase (SOD) which is an antioxidant that protect the fluid in the joints. For advanced cases you want to discuss SOD with your physician for possible injections rather than capsules.

Are There Any Side Effects I Should Know About?

As with any medication or supplements, there are a few warnings you should know:

· If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use glucosamine/chondroitin supplements, as no long-term studies have been done to gage what materials (if any) are passed on to the baby either internally or through breast milk.

If you are diabetic, chondroitin (a form of sugar) may cause your blood sugar to rise.

· Chondroitin also acts as a mild blood thinner. Therefore, if you are taking any heart medication or are taking an aspirin regimen, have your blood clotting time checked more frequently by your doctor.

· Glucosamine/Chondroitin supplements should not be taken by children since no studies have been done to determine their effect (if any) on the child’s development.


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(Please note: The information contained within this article is not intended to replace or substitute for that of an experienced physician. Remember to check with your doctor or rheumatologist before starting daily glucosamine/chondroitin supplements, and don’t stop or reduce any of your current medications (whether they’re for arthritis or not) without first talking with your doctor).