Chondroitin & Glucosamine & NSAID's

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Topic: Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine in Treating Arthritis

Dr. Lee:
In those who respond to these two agents, am I fair to say some of them may not need to take the nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs like Naprosyn or Indocin, or they can take reduced doses of those drugs. Am I fair to say that?

Dr. Shiel:
Yes, in an ideal situation a given patient might totally eliminate the need to take prescription anti-inflammatory medication and therefore avoid potential significant side effects of those medications. Those medications are obviously very helpful in many situations, but may be unnecessary for a patient with osteoarthritis that responds to glucosamine.

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Reviewed on 7/6/2004

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