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someone told me that glucosamine chondrotin pills could possibly make you a bit taller ?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Impossible: That somebody is wrong. This supplement has no chance of increasing anyone's height.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between glucosamine sulfate and n-acetyl glucosamine?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Different forms: Glucosamine is a supplement currently used for joint health. It comes in various forms, two of which you have listed. The difference is simply the side-groups on the glucosamine molecule (sulfate vs n-acetyl group). The one most studied is glucosamine sulfate. Studies suggest that it shows promise for osteoarthritis but the jury is still out.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What is the difference in effect between glucosamine and glucosamine sulfate?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Probably the $20 : Probably the money they charge you for these "ingredients" but nothing else worth further writing about!
A 39-year-old member asked:

Will glucosamine help osteoarthritis?

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 33 years experience
Unknown: I have patients that do believe that glucosamine helps their oa pain. There is no real evidence that it makes a difference. It does not change the arthritic problem but no medication or supplement does at this time for oa. Occassionally I have seen some relief in knee and hip pain in rare patients.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How much glucosamine supplement do I take?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
It is not known yet: The best dose of glucosamine is not known. Most research studies have used doses of 1, 200 to 1, 500 mg per day, usually in two or three separate doses. Because supplement manufacture is more loosely regulated than drug manufacture and producers voluntarily follow good manufacturing practices, purchase glucosamine from a reputable supplier.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What role will glucosamine play in osteoarthritis?

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 33 years experience
Unsure: People have tried glucosamine and believe they have less pain from osteoarthritis. However there are many peole who have taken it without any benefits. A study from the nih looked at glucosamine and was not able to find a direct benefit from glucosamine. In my practice, I have suggested it with chondrotin for oa and occassionaly see some relief in knee and hip pain. It does not reverse or cure oa.

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