Topic: Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine in Treating Arthritis
Many patients are
taking these two agents on their own without supervision or prescription
from their doctors. What is you position on that?
Yes. That brings up several interesting
points. First of all, I think patients managing their own healthcare as much as is reasonable,
it is very appropriate in that these food
supplements are over-the-counter because they are felt to be safe.
Long-term studies to date have not shown any significant side effects of
glucosamine in comparison to placebo. So, I think it would be appropriate
to use them in the context of minor symptoms. The second caveat though, is if symptoms were to persist, it would be important for that individual
to seek a healthcare professional for further evaluation and diagnosis of
those symptoms. And lastly, all patients taking any supplements ought to
notify their healthcare professional that they are doing so, because food
supplements just as other medications, can have potential interactions with
medications patients are taking and cause symptoms that might relate or
exacerbate different diseases that a patient might have.
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