Methylsulfonylmethane

Generic Name: methylsulfonylmethane (Not applicable.)
Brand Name: Generics only. No brands available.

Methylsulfonylmethane is used for:

Pain and swelling in muscles and joints. It may have other uses as well. Check with your pharmacist for more details regarding the particular brand you use.

This product is a naturally occurring chemical, which provides a dietary source of sulfur. It is thought to work by reducing pain and swelling in the joints.

Do NOT use methylsulfonylmethane if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in methylsulfonylmethane or to any other sulfa or sulfonamide (eg, sulfisoxazole, sulfamethoxazole)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using methylsulfonylmethane:

Some medical conditions may interact with methylsulfonylmethane. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with methylsulfonylmethane. However, no specific interactions are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if methylsulfonylmethane may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use methylsulfonylmethane:

Use methylsulfonylmethane as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Dosing depends on the use and the source of the product.
  • Use as directed on the package, unless instructed otherwise by your doctor.
  • If you miss taking a dose of methylsulfonylmethane for 1 or more days, there is no cause for concern. If your doctor recommended that you take it, try to remember your dose every day.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use methylsulfonylmethane.

Important safety information:

  • Keep all doctor and laboratory appointments while you are taking this product.
  • This product has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as safe and effective for any medical condition. The long-term safety of dietary supplements is not known. Before using any alternative medicine, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use this product if you are pregnant. Do not breast-feed while using this product.

Possible side effects of methylsulfonylmethane:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea; headache; nausea.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing or swallowing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include lethargy; paralysis.

Proper storage of methylsulfonylmethane:

Store at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and light unless otherwise directed on the package label. Do not store in the bathroom. Most dietary supplements are not in childproof containers. Keep methylsulfonylmethane out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about methylsulfonylmethane, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Methylsulfonylmethane is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take methylsulfonylmethane or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about methylsulfonylmethane. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to methylsulfonylmethane. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using methylsulfonylmethane.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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