A new study suggests that taking chondroitin sulfate with glucosamine hydrochloride is as effective as taking the commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug celecoxib for knee osteoarthritis. Chondroitin sulfate is a chemical that is normally found in cartilage around joints in the body. Chondroitin sulfate is manufactured from animal sources, such as cow cartilage. Glucosamine is usually made from seashells, or it can be made in the laboratory. Glucosamine hydrochloride is one of several forms of glucosamine. The researchers found that pain was reduced by 50% in clinically and statistically relevant measures for both the chondroitin and celecoxib groups. Furthermore, both groups also experienced 50% less joint swelling. The authors noted that there were few reported side effects in both treatment groups. The authors concluded that chondroitin sulfate plus glucosamine hydrochloride are as safe and effective as celecoxib for knee osteoarthritis.
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Diane Silverman R.Ph.
Ask The Pharmacist Group, LLC