Medical supplies for the elderly: Glucosamine Chondroitin

 When it comes to medical supplies for the elderly, Glucosamine and Chondroitin go as well together as Tango & Cash – especially considering that both the actors who played them are now senior citizens. Both substances occur naturally in the body, and are used both combined and separately to treat osteoarthritis – and at the same time help decrease the doses of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Other uses not supported by evidence include treating rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, cataracts, glaucoma, bladder problems, heart disease, high cholesterol, psoriasis, and TMJ, and preventing migraines.


·         Maintain fluid and flexibility in the joints.

·         Treat pain and loss of function.

·         Promote joint comfort, flexibility, and mobility.

·         Help lubricate joints.

·         Promote healthy cartilage.

·         Promote and support comfortable movement.



Good scientific evidence for this us

·         Knee osteoarthritis.

·         Osteoarthritis in general.

·         Bone diseases (Kashin-Beck disease).

Unclear scientific evidence for this us

·         Circulation problems.

·         Diabetes.

·         Inflammatory bowel disease.

·         Interstitial cystitis.

·         Knee pain.

·         Lumbar pain.

·         Multiple sclerosis.

·         Rheumatoid arthritis.

·         Sexual disorders.

·         Temporomandibular joint disorders.

Fair scientific evidence against this use

·         High cholesterol


Additionally, uses based on tradition or theory include AIDS, ankylosing spondylitis (spine arthritis), athletic injuries, bleeding esophageal varices (blood vessels in the esophagus), cancer, congestive heart failure, depression, diabetic complications, fibromyalgia (pain disorder), immune system function, joint problems, kidney stones, metabolic abnormalities (Fabry's disease), migraine headache, migraine headache prevention, osteoporosis, psoriasis (skin disorder), skin pigmentation disorders, skin rejuvenation, and wound healing.


Side effects



  • Nausea.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Constipation.
  • Stomach pain.
  • Gas.
  • Bloating.
  • Hair loss.
  • Puffy eyelids.
  • Irregular heartbeat.
  • Swelling in the legs.
  • Back or neck pain.
  • Coughing.
  • Dizziness.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Ear inflammation.
  • Headache.
  • Heartburn.
  • Indigestion.
  • Liver problems.
  • Muscle problems.
  • Coumadin.
  • Dicumarol.
  • Jantoven.
  • Miradon.
  • Aspirin.
  • Anticoagulants.
  • Gingko biloba.
  • Antioxidants.
  • Avocado or soybean oils or extracts.
  • Bromelain.
  • Celadrin.
  • Chinese skullcap.
  • chondroitin sulfate.
  • Fish oil.
  • Ginger.
  • Green-lipped mussel extract.

·         Asthma.

·         Known allergy or sensitivity to glucosamine sulfate or its parts.

·         Allergy or sensitivity to shellfish or iodine.

·         Bleeding disorders.

·         Drugs that may increase the risk of bleeding.

·         High blood pressure.

·         Heart conditions.

·         Diabetes.

·         Low blood sugar.



Use as instructed on the label or as prescribed by your doctor. Stop taking two weeks prior to surgery or dental work. Stop taking if you experience irregular heartbeats or swelling in the legs. Medical supplies for the elderly sold in the form of herbal supplements are not subject to manufacturing standards or regulations. Consult your physician and follow his directions to the letter – including not ingesting higher doses or for a longer period of time than prescribed, or using it for any other purpose than the one stated by your doctor. Do not use different formulations of chondroitin and glucosamine at the same time without medical advice, lest you increase the risk of an overdose.

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