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Drug information on Flexibel (Chondroitin) from Blubell Pharma


Blubell Pharma
Generic : Chondroitin
Vijayaganesh Kasinathan
Written & Compiled by Pharmacist Vijayaganesh Kasinathan, B.Pharm, M.Pharm
Last Updated on Sep 26, 2017
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Medical Condition(s) for which Flexibel may be prescribed

Overview of Flexibel

Chondroitin sulfate is a naturally occurring substance found in cartilage, a smooth elastic tissue that covers the joints in the body.
It is usually obtained from animal sources such as shark and cow cartilage.

Side effects of Flexibel

  Dermatological: Hair loss, skin irritation, rashes, hives, photosensitivity

  Gastrointestinal: Nausea, heartburn, burning sensation in the stomach, vomiting

  Cardiovascular: Congestive heart failure, changes in the heart rhythm, heart attack, hypertension, lower limb edema.

  Central nervous system: Euphoria, Severity of existing mental illness.

  ENT: Glaucoma, hearing problems, inflammation in the ear, eyelid edema.

Dosage & When it is to be taken (Indications)

For Osteoarthritis :
The average oral dose is 800 – 2000 mg either as a single dose or in two to four divided doses daily for a period of three years.
Topically applied as a cream for sore joints up to 8 weeks.
Injected into the muscle either daily or twice a week for six months.

For Urinary tract infection :
A solution containing chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid inserted into the bladder once a week for first four weeks followed by once or twice a month for five months.

Eye application :
It is used as eye solution along with hyaluronic sodium during cataract surgery.

How to use Flexibel?

Chondroitin is available in capsules, tablets and powder form and to be taken orally with food.

When is Flexibel not to be taken? (Contraindications)

• Hypersensitivity or known allergy to chondroitin and shellfish.
• Not recommended in asthma as the drug found to intensify the disease.
• The risk of bleeding is increased in patients with blood clotting disorders.
• To be avoided in patients suffering from prostate cancer as it may enhance the spread or relapse the cancer condition.

Warnings and Precautions for Flexibel

• To be used cautiously in patients with a weak immune system as chondroitin increase the risk of viral infections.
• Level of liver enzymes may be altered, therefore should be avoided in liver toxicity or liver disorders.

Other Precautions for Flexibel

Chondroitin imported from countries where ‘Mad cow disease’ is prevalent should be screened thoroughly because of the possibility of the contamination of bovine tissue with the virus.

Drug Interactions of Flexibel

Associated risk of bleeding with anticoagulants, antiplatelet agent and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Storage Conditions for Flexibel

Store in a cool, dry place.

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