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Brand Names: OptiFlex-C

Generic Name: chondroitin (Pronunciation: KON droy tin)

What is chondroitin (OptiFlex-C)?

Chondroitin is a naturally occurring substance formed of sugar chains. Chondroitin is believed to help the body maintain fluid and flexibility in the joints.

Chondroitin has been used in alternative medicine as an aid to relieving arthritis pain.

Chondroitin is often sold as an herbal supplement. There are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for many herbal compounds and some marketed supplements have been found to be contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

Chondroitin may also be used for purposes not listed in this product guide.

What are the possible side effects of chondroitin (OptiFlex-C)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects are more likely, and you may have none at all.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about chondroitin (OptiFlex-C)?

Not all uses for chondroitin have been approved by the FDA. Chondroitin should not be used in place of medication prescribed for you by your doctor.

Chondroitin is often sold as an herbal supplement. There are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for many herbal compounds and some marketed supplements have been found to be contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

Use chondroitin as directed on the label, or as your healthcare provider has prescribed. Do not use this product in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.



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