Glucosamine is a proteoglycan synthesis stimulator which relieves 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. Does Cartiform Forte Tablet actually work in joint pain?
The evidence on the effectiveness of Cartiform Forte Tablet in reducing pain is controversial. Some patients report that Cartiform Forte Tablet has helped reduce arthritis pain, stiffness, and mild to moderate osteoarthritis pain. In fact, there is some evidence that Cartiform Forte Tablet has beneficial effects on the cartilage by slowing down the cartilage breakdown in the joints.
Q. Can Cartiform Forte Tablet cause liver damage?
In research studies, Cartiform Forte Tablet has not been found to raise the liver enzymes or cause any damage. However, there are few recent reports of liver injury while using the products containing Cartiform Forte Tablet. The chances of liver injury are more if the patient has been suffering from chronic liver disease.
Q. Is Cartiform Forte Tablet bad for kidneys?
The effect of Cartiform Forte Tablet on kidneys is not confirmatory. Cartiform Forte Tablet is mostly metabolized and broken down by the liver. However, there are some reports of kidney damage caused due to Cartiform Forte Tablet, but there is a lack of conclusive evidence. Therefore, it should be used with caution in patients with kidney damage and kidney function should be regularly monitored. Do consult your doctor before you start using this medication. Also, inform your doctor if you have any kidney disease.
Q. What are the precautions I should follow while taking Cartiform Forte Tablet?
Do consult your doctor before you start taking this medication and ensure to be cautious if you have diabetes or high blood glucose levels, high risk of heart disease or asthma. You should also be cautious if you are allergic to shellfish or are taking blood-thinning medicines like warfarin. Do tell your doctor if you have any of the above conditions before he prescribes you this medication.
Q. Is it safe to take Cartiform Forte Tablet while taking blood-thinning medication?
No, it is not safe to take Cartiform Forte Tablet while taking blood-thinning medications like warfarin or coumadin. The reason being, this medication interacts with the blood thinners and boosts the effect of the blood-thinning medication, thereby reducing the blood’s ability to form a clot in case of bleeding episodes. Therefore, patients taking any blood-thinning medicine should consult their doctor before starting this medication.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 18th Feb 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.