Advice regarding glucosamine and chondroitin

Imi123 Member Posts: 2
edited 28. Nov 2023, 14:04 in Living with arthritis
Hello, this is my first post on here. I have Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. I need some advice regarding glucosamine and chondroitin. My rheumatology nurse recommended it and it has definitely helped with my osteoarthritis but I am experiencing severe stomach bloating and nausea since starting these tablets. Has anyone elso experienced the same problems? Xx


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    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,719
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello and welcome from me too :D

    I've never found supplements to be of any value but I have RA and OA. My husband, who has OA in one hip, used glucosamine with chondroitin for years and swore it helped but he has always been extremely active which, I suspect, helped more.

    Now he's stopped as it no longer helps so he takes anti-inflammatories sometimes.

    Unfortunately, just like prescribed meds, supplements can also cause side effects but, unlike prescribed meds, they don't have to be listed. Sometimes it's not the med / supplement itself that causes the problem but the other components eg the outer coating or iner 'filler so, if you're really keen on these supplements, it might be worth trying a different brand. He always used H**lthsp*n and never had any stomach problems. Alternatively, your GP could probably prescribe you something to protect your stomach.

    The NHS used to prescribe this sometimes but stopped as it wasn't regarded as effective enough to justify the cost. This is the NICE report, if you're interested.!scenario
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  • JoeB
    JoeB Bots Posts: 83
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Glucosamine can cause certainly gastro intestinal issues. If you are taking the type derived from shellfish then, provided you are not allergic or sensitive to corn, it might be worth trying the vegan variety.

    I have known some manufacturers to offer free samples (about two weeks worth if my memory serves me correctly) which could save you further financial outlay. The vegan one that I take is also Gluten free.