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Hyaluronic Acid

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Uses

Hyaluronic Acid is used in the treatment of osteoarthritis

How it works

Hyaluronic acid belongs to a class of medications called musculoskeletal agents. It works by restoring naturally occurring hyaluronic acid in the fluid (synovial fluid) between joints. By doing so, it lubricates the bone joints and acts as shock absorber thereby reducing joint pain and improving joint movement.

Common side effects

Discoloration of skin, Pain, Joint inflammation, Joint stiffness, Itching, Joint swelling

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Expert advice

  • After receiving hyaluronic acid injection, avoid activities that may strain your knee such as strenuous sports and exercise or standing for a long time.
  • Contact your doctor immediately if bruising, redness, pain, or swelling persists for a long time at the injection site.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you experience skin rash or reactions, difficulty breathing; and swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue.
  • Consult your doctor before using hyaluronic acid in children.
  • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to egg proteins or bird proteins (allergy to feathers etc.).
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if allergic to hyaluronic acid and any of its ingredients, or to bacterial proteins.
  • Do not take if having bleeding disorders.
  • Do not take if suffering with infections or skin disease around the injection site.

Frequently asked questions

Hyaluronic Acid

Q.

Does hyaluronic acid help wrinkles?
Hyaluronic acid may be used as skin fillers to treat wrinkles. Always consult and follow your doctor's advice regarding use

Q.

Is hyaluronic acid natural?
Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in human body especially in fluids of bone joints (synovial fluid), eyes and other tissues. The medication hyaluronic acid is a chemical derivative of the naturally occurring form.


Content on this page was last updated on 27 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)