Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Cartifix Capsule may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.
Cartifix Capsule is a combination of two medicines: Glucosamine and Chondroitin which relieve osteoarthritis symptoms. It helps in the formation of cartilage (the soft tissue that cushions the joints) and keep the joints lubricated for better movement and flexibility.
Q. Is it safe to take Cartifix if I have diabetes?
Some early research had suggested that Cartifix might worsen insulin resistance due to the presence of glucosamine in it which can lead to an increase in blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. So do inform your doctor if you are having diabetes. But now, according to recent studies it has been seen that even though glucosamine is a type of sugar, but it does not appear to affect blood sugar levels or insulin sensitivity. However, it is advised to consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
Q. How long will Cartifix take to show an effect?
You may need to take the Cartifix for four to six weeks before you notice any improvement. If there is no change in your symptoms by that time, then it is advisable for you to talk to your doctor about other ways of managing your arthritis.
Q. Are there any special precautions need to be taken while taking Cartifix?
Yes, people taking blood-thinning medicines, such as warfarin, should talk to their doctor before taking Cartifix as it may increase the risk of bleeding.
Q. What should I know about storage and disposal of Cartifix?
It is advised to keep this medicine in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture.
Q. Can the use of Cartifix cause constipation?
Yes, the use of Cartifix cause constipation. To make your stool softer and easier to pass, eat more high-fibre foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables and cereals. Try to drink several glasses of water or another non-alcoholic liquid every day.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 6th Sep 2018.