What is Glucosamine-Chondroitin?

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Glucosamine is a substance that is used in the formation and repair of cartilage. Chondroitin is a substance responsible for the resiliency of cartilage. These agents are often used in combination for the treatment of arthritis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness

Purpose
Patients
Patients with evaluations
Perceived effectiveness

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 3
Mild 1
None 38

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Glucosamine-Chondroitin

Side effect Patients
Stomach upset 2
Nausea 1
Stomach pain 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Glucosamine-Chondroitin

Dosage Patients
daily 4
1,000 mg daily 3
1,500 mg daily 3
1 tablet(s) daily 2
2 tablet(s) daily 2
100 mg daily 2
500 mg daily 2
1 capsule(s) daily 1
1 capsule(s) twice daily 1
1 tablet(s) twice daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Glucosamine-Chondroitin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 25
Other 12
Expense 11
Personal research 3
Course of treatment ended 2
Doctor's advice 2
Side effects too severe 1
See all 49 patients who’ve stopped taking Glucosamine-Chondroitin

Duration

Currently taking Glucosamine-Chondroitin

Duration Patients
1-3 months 1
6 months-1 year 2
1-2 years 1
2 years or more 33

Stopped taking Glucosamine-Chondroitin

Duration Patients
0-1 month 3
1-3 months 8
3-6 months 7
6 months-1 year 4
1-2 years 11
2 years or more 16

Adherence


Always
Patients
25
60%
Usually
Patients
11
26%
Sometimes
Patients
5
12%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
1
2%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
0
0%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
6
14%
A little hard to take
Patients
8
19%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
28
67%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
6
14%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
14
33%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
22
52%
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5 patient evaluations for Glucosamine-Chondroitin

daiseyblue
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daiseyblue
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 61
Condition: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 13 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

See daiseyblue's full Glucosamine-Chondroitin history

Jul 7, 2015 (Started Oct 02, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Joint pain)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 tablet(s) Daily
Advice & Tips: Because of my gastric bypass I have to cut the large tablets up into small pieces, but it is worth it. I hate taking strong pain medications and since I started taking these over a year ago my joint pain has not been as bad. I suspect that I haven't been getting the right nutrients because I have problems with keeping food down. My Sjogrens makes it hard to swallow food and I choke without sipping water which you cannot do with the bypass. My Dr says it probably is also having an effect on why my stomach swells up and the food won't go down. Taking these have helped with getting the nutrients I need for my joints.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Lakotawoman
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Lakotawoman
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: Most
function: Most
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F49y
FM:4y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Jan 17, 2013 (Started Jan 20, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Arthritis pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Joint pain)
  • side effects
    Moderate (Stomach upset, Stomach pain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I don't always have the money to buy this so I can't always take it It bothers my stomache so sometimes I don't take it to keep from getting a stomache ache Some brands bother me more than others.

  • 0 helpful marks
mommad
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mommad
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 51
Condition: 2 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported

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Feb 28, 2010 (Started Dec 24, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Arthritis pain)
  • side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily

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