Why it is prescribed :
This medication is a nutritional supplement, used in the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It stimulates the production of cartilage, which leads to joint repair.
When it is not to be taken (Contraindications):
Category C :
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.
Dosage & When it is to be taken (Indications):
PO- The recommended dose is 500 mg 3-4 times/day.
How it should be taken :
It comes as a tablet and capsule to take by mouth, with food.
Warnings and Precautions :
Caution should be exercised in patients with history of diabetics, any allergy, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
It may affect blood sugar level; monitor sugar level regularly while taking this medication.
Side Effects :
Heartburn, diarrhea, nausea, indigestion, constipation, abdominal pain, palpitations, drowsiness, skin reaction, headache and indigestion.
Other Precautions :
Contraindicated in patients who are allergic to shellfish.
Storage Conditions :
Store in cool place and in an airtight container.