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Generic Name: chondroitin (Pronunciation: KON droy tin)

What is chondroitin ()?

The use of chondroitin in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal/health supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

Chondroitin is also known as chondroitin sulfate, chondroitin sulfuric acid, and chonsurid.

Chondroitin has been used for the alleviation of the symptoms of arthritis.

It has been reported that chondroitin may be involved in the production of cartilage that is important for healthy joints.

Chondroitin has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of chondroitin may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were 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 have uses other than those listed in this product guide.

What are the possible side effects of chondroitin ()?

Although uncommon, allergic reactions to chondroitin have been reported. Stop taking chondroitin and seek emergency medical attention if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives.

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 ()?

Chondroitin has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of chondroitin may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

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