Glucosamine Side effects

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What are the possible side effects of Glucosamine?

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Constipation; diarrhea; drowsiness; headache; heartburn; nausea; upset stomach; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the.

Side effects of Glucosamine in details

A side effect of any drug can be defined as the unwanted or undesired effect produced by the drug. The side effect can be major or in few medications minor that can be ignored. Side effects not only vary from drug to drug, but it also depends on the dose of the drug, the individual sensitivity of the person, brand or company which manufactures it. If side effects overweigh the actual effect of the medicine, it may be difficult to convince the patient to take the drug. Few patients get specific side effects to specific drugs; in that case, a doctor replaces the drug with another. If you feel any side effect and it troubles you, do not forget to share with your healthcare practitioner.

The clinical trials have shown the good tolerability of Glucosamine. Undesiderable effects have been observed in a low proportion of patients. They were transient, of minor entity and included: Cardiovascular: Peripheral oedema, tachycardia were reported in a few patients following larger clinical trials investigating oral administration in osteoarthritis. Causal relationship has not been established. Central Nervous System: Drowsiness, headache, somnolence, insomnia have been observed rarely during therapy. Gastrointestinal: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, dyspepsia or epigastric pain, flatulence, constipation, heartburn and anorexia have been described rarely during oral therapy with Glucosamine. Skin: Skin reactions eg, cutaneous rash, erythema, pruritus have been reported with therapeutic administration of Glucosamine. Occasionally contact dermatitis, papular rash, urticaria and eczema may occur.

Isolated cases of hair loss, allergic reactions, visual disturbances and oedema were observed.

What is the most important information I should know about Glucosamine?

Glucosamine contraindications

Contraindication can be described as a special circumstance or a disease or a condition wherein you are not supposed to use the drug or undergo particular treatment as it can harm the patient; at times, it can be dangerous and life threatening as well. When a procedure should not be combined with other procedure or when a medicine cannot be taken with another medicine, it is called Relative contraindication. Contraindications should be taken seriously as they are based on the relative clinical experience of health care providers or from proven research findings.

Hypersensitivity to chondroitin sulphate, Glucosamine sulphate or to any of the excipients of Glucosamine.

Glucosamine contains sorbitol 1163 mg as excipient. Therefore, patients with rare hereditary problems of fructose intolerance should not take Glucosamine.

Glucosamine is not indicated for the treatment of acute painful symptoms.

Since Glucosamine is derived from seafood (shellfish), Glucosamine should not be given to patients who are allergic to shellfish.


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