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Dr. Abdolmohammad Rostami
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Glucosamine (Overview)

Glucosamine is one of several nutritional supplements that may aid in cartilage healing. There is not conclusive proof of its benefit.


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What can glucosamine do for you?

What can glucosamine do for you?

Agree with Wikipedia: The possible effects of glucosamine sulfate in patients with osteoarthritis may be the result of its anti-inflammatory activity, [50][51] the stimulation of the synthesis of proteoglycans, [52] and the decrease in catabolic activity of chondrocytes inhibiting the synthesis of proteolytic enzymes and other substances that contribute to damage cartilage matrix and cause death of articular chondrocytes. ...Read more

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Dr. Abdolmohammad Rostami
240 doctors shared insights

Glucosamine (Overview)

Glucosamine is one of several nutritional supplements that may aid in cartilage healing. There is not conclusive proof of its benefit.


Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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What exactly is glucosamine chondroitin?

Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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What exactly is glucosamine chondroitin?

Cartilage Components: Glucosamine is a modified sugar that can be crosslinked to form shellfish shells and glycosaminoglyans, a major component of connective tissue. Chondroitin sulfate is a particular kind of glycosaminoglycan that is especially prevalent in cartilage and is often depleted during osteoarthritis.. ...Read more

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How do you take glucosamine?

Orally: This is usually available otc in pill/tablet form and is taken orally. (glucosamine/chondroitin). For dosing, follow the lable or manufacturers recommendaitons. ...Read more

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I keep reading about doctors prescribing glucosamine for arthritis. Will this medication help my back pain?

I keep reading about doctors prescribing glucosamine for arthritis. Will this medication help my back pain?

Facet Arthropathy: You do have joints in the back called 'facet joints' that can become arthritic & cause pain. The pain patients generally complain of when they have arthritis in their spine is when they lean back & the pain increases. If you have this pain you could have 'facet arthropathy'. It's something that can be treated symptomatically first with cold/hot compresses, nsaids, activity modification & rest. ...Read more

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Please tell me can glucosamine be used as a preventative measure?

Yes: Yes, glucoasmine can help prevent the progression of arthritis which is what it has been approved to treat. It must be used for as least 4 months to see benefit. I would recommend pairing it with chodroitin, the pill may come with both. This is the best to help maintain cartilage. ...Read more

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Is glucosamine effective against arthritis?

Is glucosamine effective against arthritis?

Modest benefits.: Some people in medicine believe not, and I am among those. Others believe some benefit occurs. Notice that the fda has not allowed any such products to be labeled as effective. I point to the cochrane analysis, which suggests no benefit. 3 billion dollars are spent on these supplements! ...Read more

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Can glucosamine work on osteoarthritis in both knees?

Sometimes: There is no harm in trying. Take at least 1, 500 mg daily and give it a 3 month trial before deciding how much it does or does not help. ...Read more