Wednesday, April 15, 2009

What are the side effects of glucosamine and chondroitin? (5 of 7)

Our fifth post in our series on Glucosamine and Chondroitin gets into the potential side effects of products that include those ingredients. The good news is that there are very few...

There are very few side effects. Tens of thousands of doses of glucosamine and chondroitin products have been sold and have never reported a single, severe side effect. Glucosamine and chondroitin have been used for over 20 years in Europe without any complication or listing of side effects. Occasionally, a dog will vomit or get diarrhea with this product. If the dose is reduced or given with food, the symptoms are usually alleviated. Once a dog begins using the product, they must stay on it for the rest of their lives or the degeneration of the joint cartilage will return. Once the product has promoted healing for 8 weeks, the dose is often reduced. The safety of this product is well suited for long term use. It can also be used with most other drugs and vitamins without any complication. The owner of any animal that is taking a medication should always seek veterinary advice before adding any new product or drug.

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