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 Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Joint pain 87 30
Arthritis pain 44 16
General health 34 5
Stiffness/Spasticity 19 3
Fibromyalgia 12 5
Improve mobility 11 6

Show all 31 reasons taken


  • 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 5
Mild 1
None 52

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Glucosamine-Chondroitin

Side effect Patients
Upset stomach 2
Constipation 1
Nausea 1
None 1
Stomach pain 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Glucosamine-Chondroitin

Dosage Patients
1,200-1,500 mg daily 3
daily 3
2 tablet(s) daily 2
100 mg daily 2
500 mg daily 2
1,500 mg daily 2
1 other daily 1
1 tablet(s) daily 1
1 capsule(s) twice daily 1
2 capsule(s) daily 1

See all 19 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Glucosamine-Chondroitin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 28
Other 17
Expense 16
Personal research 3
Course of treatment ended 2
Doctor's advice 2
Side effects too severe 2
See all 58 patients who've stopped taking Glucosamine-Chondroitin

Duration

Currently taking Glucosamine-Chondroitin

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Glucosamine-Chondroitin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 36
Usually 14
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 9
Not at all hard to take 42
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 7
< $25 22
Not specified 28
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5 patient evaluations for Glucosamine-Chondroitin

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

Jan 17, 2013 (Started Jan 20, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Arthritis pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Joint pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Upset stomach, 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

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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