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chondroitin (cont.)

Who should not take chondroitin ()?

Before taking chondroitin, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care professional if you have any other medical conditions, allergies, or if you take other medicines or other herbal/health supplements. Chondroitin may not be recommended in some situations.

There is no information available regarding the use of chondroitin by children. Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without first talking to the child's doctor.

How should I take 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.

If you choose to take chondroitin, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Chondroitin is often combined with glucosamine in the treatment of the symptoms of arthritis.

Different formulations of chondroitin are available to be used internally (orally).

Do not use different formulations (e.g., tablets and powder) of chondroitin at the same time, unless specifically directed to do so by a health care professional. Using different formulations together increases the risk of an overdose of chondroitin.

Although chondroitin may be readily available for use, it is important to consult with your doctor regarding traditional treatments for arthritis, to maintain proper body weight, and to continue with an exercise regimen as directed.

Store chondroitin as directed on the package. In general, chondroitin should be protected from light and moisture and stored in a sealed container.

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