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Brand Names: Glucosamine & Chondroitin with MSM, Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM Complex, Osteo Bi-Flex Advanced, Osteo Bi-Flex Plus MSM

Generic Name: chondroitin, glucosamine, and methylsulfonylmethane (Pronunciation: kon DROI tin, gloo KOSE a meen, and METH il sul FON il METH ane)

What is chondroitin, glucosamine, and methylsulfonylmethane (Glucosamine & Chondroitin with MSM, Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM Complex, Osteo Bi-Flex Advanced, Osteo Bi-Flex Plus MSM)?

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

Glucosamine is a naturally occurring substance that is believed to help develop and renew cartilage (the hard connective tissue mainly located on bones near joints in the body), and keep it lubricated for better joint movement and flexibility.

Methylsulfonylmethane is a naturally occurring form of sulfur that helps support muscles and tendons in the body.

The combination of chondroitin, glucosamine, and methylsulfonylmethane is used to aid in maintaining healthy joints. It is also used as a nutritional supplement in people with osteoarthritis or other inflammatory joint disorders.

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

Chondroitin, glucosamine, and methylsulfonylmethane 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, glucosamine, and methylsulfonylmethane may also be used for purposes not listed in this product guide.

What are the possible side effects of chondroitin, glucosamine, and methylsulfonylmethane (Glucosamine & Chondroitin with MSM, Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM Complex, Osteo Bi-Flex Advanced, Osteo Bi-Flex Plus MSM)?

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

Less serious side effects may include:

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, glucosamine, and methylsulfonylmethane (Glucosamine & Chondroitin with MSM, Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM Complex, Osteo Bi-Flex Advanced, Osteo Bi-Flex Plus MSM)?

Not all uses for this product have been approved by the FDA. Chondroitin, glucosamine, and methylsulfonylmethane should not be used in place of medication prescribed for you by your doctor.

Chondroitin, glucosamine, and methylsulfonylmethane 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.

Before using this product, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, herbalist, or other healthcare provider. You may not be able to use chondroitin, glucosamine, and methylsulfonylmethane if you have diabetes, a bleeding or blood clotting disorder such as hemophilia, if you have allergies to certain drugs, if you are overweight, or if you are on a low-salt diet.

Do not take chondroitin, glucosamine, and methylsulfonylmethane without the medical advice if you are using insulin, or a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven).

Avoid taking chitosan (usually marketed as a weight-loss product) while you are taking chondroitin, glucosamine, and methylsulfonylmethane. Chitosan can make it harder for your body to absorb chondroitin.



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