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Doctor insights on: Which Is Better For Arthritis Msm Or Chondroitin Supplements

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Is taking joint supplements containing glucosamine, MSM, chondroitin harmful or has any side effects in any way, especially on the kidney or liver?

Is taking joint supplements containing glucosamine, MSM, chondroitin harmful or has any side effects in any way, especially on the kidney or liver?

No way to tell: Unfortunately, dietary supplements are regulated as foods (as opposed to drugs). As such, they are not required to undergo the same testing (or prove their claims to be true). Also, since no third party testing of their product is required - the ingredients listed don't even have to match what is in the bottle. Wish I had a better answer. .. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it safe to take testim (testosterone gel) with glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin & msm, and omega 3 supplements? Anything I should /shouldnt take

Why?: The testim is safe, but have you really been checked out to determine if your need it? Did you take Anabolic steroids earlier in your life that may have caused your current deficiency? Testim good if you need testorsterone replacement, the other stuff if junk and won't help you in any way - except to spend your money needlessly. Nothing else you should take, lots you shouldn't. Avoid internet info. ...Read more

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Question for my dad: he wants to get some joint supplement, he do not suffer any joint pain/do not exercise a lot just once a week, what content of glucosamine should he get? W msm/chondrotin sulfate? Thanks!

Question for my dad: he wants to get some joint supplement, he do not suffer any joint pain/do not exercise a lot just once a week, what content of glucosamine should he get? W msm/chondrotin sulfate? Thanks!

Exercise is better: There are many ways to exercise. Walking is a great choice. Normal joints are kept healthy by using them. The cartilage is helped by loading, by use, by movement. Supplements might help some folks, but my advice, based on what you wrote: encourage him to exercise! Perhaps you can do it together. ...Read more

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Will taking glucosamine, msm and chondroitin tablets help muscle tear!?

Will taking glucosamine, msm and chondroitin tablets help muscle tear!?

No: The above substances resemble the building blocks of a cartilage, but not of muscle. They will be ineffective in case of a muscle tear. ...Read more

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Are glucosamine, chondroitin, and msm healthy for a 16 year old boy?

Not unhealthy: This supplement is not unhealthy but it not likely to help in any way in a 16 year old boy or girl. ...Read more

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I was wondering are glucosamine, chondroitin and msm okay to take with gabapentin?

Www. Drugs. Com: This website shows that no drug interactions could be found. I also checked the epocrates website and there were no interactions for glucosamine or chondroitin but they did not list anything regarding msm best wishes. ...Read more

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How useful is glucosamine-chondroitin-msm in treating joint pains?

How useful is glucosamine-chondroitin-msm in treating joint pains?

I am not sure: The theory behind using the glucosamine and chondroitin joint supplements is that more of the cartilage building blocks will be available for cartilage repair. Some study shows less pain in the joint, like when people take Motrin but real evidence of cartilage repair. Thank you. ...Read more

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What are differences are between msm & chondroitin?

TWO TOTALLY: Different compounds, supposed to work differently and possibly complimentary. ...Read more

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What's the best glucosamine hci, chondroitin sulfate and msm product out there for athletes?

See below: In my opinion (and not necessarily based on any head-to-head studies), I feel that osteo bi-flex and cosamin ds are two of the highest quality glucosamine and chondrotin products. There are very few studies that demonstrate a benefit from msm, so I personally do not endorse its use. ...Read more

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I consume heavy doses of fish oils, glucosamine chondroitin msm and. Turmeric. Is it ok? Everyday

More is never better: In medicine it has been proven over and over and over that the assumption that taking more and more medications, supplements, vitamins will be better. But in reality when it comes to these things more is dangerous in almost all instances. So when a doctor hears a question like yours the red flags fly to full mast and worry begins to appear. The best advice I can give is to follow the recommended. ...Read more

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Glucosamine chondroitin with msm while breast feeding. .. Is it safe to take?

Glucosamine chondroitin with msm while breast feeding. .. Is it safe to take?

Unknown: The bigger question is why would a 30 year old want to take these supplements in the first place. I would urge you do not. ...Read more

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Chronic pain fr hip to thigh. Sometimes stiff n worsen by movement. Osteoarthritis? Glucosamine+chondroitin+msm help?

Chronic pain fr hip to thigh. Sometimes stiff n worsen by movement. Osteoarthritis? Glucosamine+chondroitin+msm help?

Maybe hip bursitis: It is likely that you have a condition called trochanteric bursitis of your hip--it is inflammation of the area surrounding the curve of the hip-thigh bone. Possibly resulted from excessive use/walking/running and/or laying on the side on a firm/hard surface too long. Hip arthritis and disc disease can cause hip pain as well. Motrin/aleve may help. If not better, consult doc for eval.
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Is it safe to take glucosamine, chondroitin, msm, vitamin d, calcium citrate, multivitamin, l arginine, l lysine, l ornthinine, Prilosec together?

Is it safe to take glucosamine, chondroitin, msm, vitamin d, calcium citrate, multivitamin, l arginine, l lysine, l ornthinine, Prilosec together?

Should be fine: I don't see any significant problems taking all of these supplements. If you have any side effects, however, it may be a challenge to know which is the culprit. Typically, side effects from these are minimal or not existent.

If you are taking the prilosec due to the others causing GI complaints, you may want to reconsider this strategy. ...Read more

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With rheumatoid arthritis, is there any help from using msm?

With rheumatoid arthritis, is there any help from using msm?

MSM in RA?: Probably not. Msm is a mild nati-depressant, which may help. No scientific studies exiss that it benefits the joint damaging inflammation of ra, or makes cartilage more resistant to injury from ra! ...Read more

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Side effects of using glucosamine & chondroitin for arthritis?

Side effects of using glucosamine & chondroitin for arthritis?

See below: I have not seen much in the way of side effects with these supplements. A while back there was some speculation that glucosamine might raise the blood sugar in diabetics but this has not been the case. Like any medication or supplement, anyone can have side effects. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of glucosamine chondroitin for arthritis?

Mild side effects: Glucosamine is an amino sugar that is often taken as a nutritional supplement for arthritis. In several large clinical trials the side effects were mild and infrequent consisting of constipation, stomach ache, rash and hives. Since glucosamine is often made from the shells of crustaceans there is a theoretical risk of an allergic reaction for those with seafood allergies, but is rarely seen. ...Read more

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Does glucosamine or chondroitin help with arthritis?

Does glucosamine or chondroitin help with arthritis?

Unconvincing: Research has failed to give convincing evidence of benefit. Anecdotally, however, I have patients that swear by it. So, if it doesn't break the bank, a 2-3 month trial cannot hurt. But if no benefit, don't expect a longer duration to of any further benefit. ...Read more

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What has been your experience with glucosamine and chondroitin in regard to arthritis?

What has been your experience with glucosamine and chondroitin in regard to arthritis?

50/50: Glucosamine & chondroitin are supplements some believe help osteoarthritis pain; studies show mixed results; the american academy of orthopedic surgeons recommend vs. Prescribing these for knee oa b/c a randomized controlled trial showed no benefit; anecdotally, some people feel improved, some don't; take 1500/1200 mg g/c daily for many weeks to see if it works for you, talk to your doc about them. ...Read more

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What do you think about taking glucosamine and chondroitin daily not to cure but to prevent arthrosis and arthritis when you are still rather young?

What do you think about taking glucosamine and chondroitin daily not to cure but to prevent arthrosis and arthritis when you are still rather young?

Interesting: Questioner asks re: efficacy of glucosamine & chondroitin sulfate used long-term to prevent arthritis. The study has never been done & any medical doctor opinions about the worthiness or lack thereof of these these nutritional supplement therapies is meaningless. All humans are advised to feed their bodies natural substances critical for health & well being; the basis of Orthomolecular Medicine. ...Read more

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Is there any supplement or vitamin or something that will help w/ joint pain not due 2 arthritis. Ex: glucosamine & chondroitin. Does it really help?

Evidence is weak: The nih gait trial demonstrated no scientific evidence for glucosamine ; chondroitin. It is safe, so you can try it for a few weeks or months and make your own decision. Acetaminophen is the safest of the over the counter pain medications. ...Read more

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I have spinal stenosis, lately having hip pain that goes to groin, knee and down my leg. It's worse when walking, which I do daily. Dr said could be arthritis and said to take glucosamine/chondroitin. That doesn't help, any suggestions? Is this related to

I have spinal stenosis, lately having hip pain that goes to groin, knee and down my leg. It's worse when walking, which I do daily. Dr said could be arthritis and said to take glucosamine/chondroitin. That doesn't help, any suggestions? Is this related to

Groin: I would see an orthopedic surgeon. You should have x-rays of your pelvis/hip. If the xray shows arthritis you can get a hip joint steroid injection under fluoroscopy or ultra sound guidance and physical therapy. If this doesn't work than it might be a spine problem. ...Read more

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What are common side effects that come with glucosamine chondroiton msm?

Very few in my exper: As above of course anything can cause somebody problems but for the most part it is well tolerated. ...Read more

Chondroitin (Definition)

Chondroitin is a nutritional supplement that is often used in combination with glucosamine and msm as a nutritional treatment for arthritis and inflammatory conditions. It is promoted to improve joint health (arthritis, breakdown of cartilage, etc). This form of nutritional supplementation for the prevention for the improvement of arthritis and joint health was originally ...Read more


Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more