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Chondroitin

INFORMATION

Uses

Chondroitin is used in osteoarthritis.

How it works

Chondroitin is a dietary nutritional supplement. Chondroitin decreases the rate of breakdown of cartilage in the joints.

Common side effects

Rash, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Eyelid swelling, Hair loss, Headache, Altered heart rate, Increased blood pressure, Limb swelling, Mood changes

AVAILABLE MEDICINE

No medicine available

Expert advice

Do not take chondroitin and consult your doctor:
  • If you have allergies, asthma, or prostate cancer.
  • If you have bleeding disorders or diabetes.
  • If you are taking blood thinners.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions

Chondroitin

Q.Is chondroitin sulfate found in bone?
Chondroitin sulfate is found in bone

Q.Does chondroitin help arthritis?
Chondroitin is used to treat arthritis

Q.Is chondroitin safe?
Chondroitin is safe if used as recommended. In case of any side effects, consult your doctor

Q.Is chondroitin necessary with glucosamine?
Chondroitin and glucosamine in combination are more effective

Q.Can I take glucosamine without chondroitin?
Do consult your doctor before use

Q.Is chondroitin vegetarian?
Chondroitin is usually manufactured from animal sources, but is also available in non-animal form (for vegetarians). However, please refer to package insert of the prescribed brand before use

Q.Can I take glucosamine chondroitin with synthroid/levothyroxine?
Glucosamine and chondroitin should be taken 3 hours after taking levothyroxine. Do consult your doctor before use

Q.Does chondroitin raise cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, cause constipation, cancer, and hair loss?
Chondroitin may raise cholesterol level, blood pressure, may cause constipation and hair loss. Chondroitin may promote spread and recurrence of prostate cancer. Chondroitin may worsen glucose intolerance in patients with untreated or undiagnosed diabetes

Q.Does chondroitin sulfate contain sulfur/sulfa?
Chondroitin sulfate contains sulfate. It does not contain sulfa and can be taken by people allergic to sulfa (like sulphonamide).


Content on this page was last updated on 14 October, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)