MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) Dietary Supplement

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

What doses of MSM supplements are available? How should I take them?

  • Typical doses adult dosages range from 500 to 8,000 mg.
  • MSM supplements may be taken daily with or after meals.

Which drugs or supplements interact with MSM?

There are no drug interactions listed for methylsulfonylmethane.

Are MSM supplements safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

  • Use of MSM during pregnancy has not been adequately evaluated.
  • It is not known whether MSM is excreted in breast milk.

What other names are used for MSM (brands)?

Doctor's Best MSM, Natures Way MSM, and Now Foods MSM are brand names available for MSM.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/13/2017

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