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Generic Name: chondroitin (KON droy tin)
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What is chondroitin?

The use of chondroitin in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal/health supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

Chondroitin is also known as chondroitin sulfate, chondroitin sulfuric acid, and chonsurid.

Chondroitin has been used for the alleviation of the symptoms of arthritis.

It has been reported that chondroitin may be involved in the production of cartilage that is important for healthy joints.

Chondroitin has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of chondroitin may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

Chondroitin may also have uses other than those listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about chondroitin?

Chondroitin has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of chondroitin may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

Who should not take chondroitin?

Before taking chondroitin, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care professional if you have any other medical conditions, allergies, or if you take other medicines or other herbal/health supplements. Chondroitin may not be recommended in some situations.

Do not take chondroitin without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant. Do not take chondroitin without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. There is no information available regarding the use of chondroitin by children. Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without first talking to the child's doctor.

How should I take chondroitin?

The use of chondroitin in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herba/health supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

If you choose to take chondroitin, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Chondroitin is often combined with glucosamine in the treatment of the symptoms of arthritis.

Different formulations of chondroitin are available to be used internally (orally).

Do not use different formulations (e.g., tablets and powder) of chondroitin at the same time, unless specifically directed to do so by a health care professional. Using different formulations together increases the risk of an overdose of chondroitin.

Although chondroitin may be readily available for use, it is important to consult with your doctor regarding traditional treatments for arthritis, to maintain proper body weight, and to continue with an exercise regimen as directed.

Store chondroitin as directed on the package. In general, chondroitin should be protected from light and moisture and stored in a sealed container.

What happens if I miss a dose?

No information is available regarding a missed dose of chondroitin. Consult your doctor, pharmacist, or health care professional if you require further information.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention.

Symptoms of a chondroitin overdose are not known.

What should I avoid while taking chondroitin?

There are no known restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while taking chondroitin, unless otherwise directed by your health care professional.

Chondroitin side effects

Although uncommon, allergic reactions to chondroitin have been reported. Stop taking chondroitin and seek emergency medical attention if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives.

Other less serious side effects of chondroitin have not been reported. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care professional if you experience any side effects from chondroitin.

What other drugs will affect chondroitin?

Interactions between chondroitin and other prescription or over-the-counter medicines or herbal/health supplements have not been reported. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care professional before taking chondroitin if you are taking any other medicines or supplements.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider may have more information about chondroitin.

  • Consultation with a licensed health care professional is advisable before using any herbal/health supplement. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous. Remember, keep this and all other prescription drug products, over-the-counter drug products, and herbal/health supplements out of the reach of children.
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