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Glucosamine information from DrugsUpdate  

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P - Caution when used during pregnancy
L - Caution when used during lactation

Glucosamine (C6H13NO5) is an amino sugar and a prominent precursor in the biochemical synthesis of glycosylated  proteins and lipids. Glucosamine is part of the structure of the polysaccharides chitosan  and chitin, which compose the exoskeletons of crustaceans and other arthropods, cell walls in fungi and many higher organisms. Glucosamine is one of the most abundant monosaccharides. It is produced commercially by the hydrolysis  of crustacean exoskeletons or, less commonly by fermentation of a grain such as corn or wheat. In the US it is one of the most common non-vitamin, non-mineral, dietary supplements used by adults.

Pharmacodynamics

Glucosamine stimulates the production of proteoglycans and increases sulfate uptake by articular cartilage.

Pharmacokinetics

Information Not Available

Glucosamine Indications / Glucosamine Uses

Used in Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis

Glucosamine Adverse Reactions / Glucosamine Side Effects

Heart burn, epigastric pain/tenderness, diarrhoea, nausea, dyspepsia, constipation, abdominal pain, palpitations, drowsiness, skin reaction, headache, indigestion.

Precautions

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Special Precautions

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Other Drug Interactions

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Dosage

Adult: 500 mg 3-4 times daily
Max Dosage: 1500 mg/day

Food(before/after)

Should be taken with food. (Preferably taken at meals.)

List of Contraindications

Glucosamine and Pregnancy

Category C: Either studies in animals have revealed adverse effects on the foetus (teratogenic or embryocidal or other) and there are no controlled studies in women or studies in women and animals are not available. Drugs should be given only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the foetus.

Glucosamine and Lactation

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Glucosamine and Children

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Glucosamine and Geriatic

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Glucosamine and Other Contraindications

Allergy to shellfish

Storage

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Lab interference

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