chondroitin and glucosamine (cont.)
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What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking chondroitin and glucosamine?
Before using chondroitin and glucosamine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, herbalist, or other healthcare provider. You may not be able to use chondroitin and glucosamine if you have:
Chondroitin and glucosamine may or may not be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use this product without talking to a healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether chondroitin and glucosamine can pass into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Ask your healthcare provider before using chondroitin and glucosamine if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take chondroitin and glucosamine?
When considering the use of herbal supplements, seek the advice of your doctor. You may also consider consulting a practitioner who is trained in the use of herbal/health supplements.
If you choose to take chondroitin and glucosamine, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider. Do not use more of chondroitin and glucosamine than is recommended on the label.
Chondroitin and glucosamine is usually taken 1 or 2 times per day. You may need to take the medication 3 times per day for the first couple of months of treatment. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Glucosamine may increase the glucose (sugar) levels in your blood. If you have diabetes, you may need to check your blood sugar more often while taking this medication. You may also need to adjust your insulin dosage. Do not change your dose or medication schedule without advice from your doctor.
Chondroitin and glucosamine may be only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.
Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
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