Complementary/Alternative Medicine: This monograph describes a natural or herbal product that is not subject to FDA guidelines for medicines. Patients and clinicians are advised to read package labels carefully to ensure safe and efficacious use.
Topical (Adults): use cream as needed for up to 8 wk.
Tablets: 500 mgOTC
Capsules: 500 mgOTC
Topical cream: 30 mg/g in combination with other ingredientsOTC
Assess for shellfish allergy prior to initiating therapy.
Monitor pain (type, location, and intensity) and range of motion periodically during therapy.
Assess bowel function periodically during therapy. Constipation may be reduced by increased fluid intake and bulk in diet; bulk laxatives may be added if necessary.
Lab Test Considerations:
Monitor serum glucose levels periodically during therapy for patients with diabetes.
Chronic pain (Indications)
Impaired physical mobility (Indications)
Administer prior to meals.
Instruct patients that effects of this drug come from stimulating cartilage and synovial tissue metabolism and that the supplement must be taken on a regular basis to achieve benefit. Do not use as an intermittent pain medication.
Caution patients with a shellfish allergy that this herbal supplement should not be used.
Advise patient to notify health care professional if gastric discomfort develops and persists.
Advise diabetic patients to monitor glucose values closely during initial therapy.
Improvement in pain and range of motion.
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