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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Aug 21, 2019.

What are other common names?

  • Calcium Chondroitin Sulfate
  • CDS
  • Chondroitin 4- and 6-Sulfate
  • Chondroitin 4-Sulfate
  • Chondroitin Polysulfate
  • Chondroitin Sodium Sulfate
  • Chondroitin Sulfate
  • Chondroitin Sulfuric Acid
  • Chondroitin Sulphate
  • Chondroïtine
  • Chondroïtine Sulfate A
  • Chondroïtine Sulfate B
  • Chondroïtine Sulfate C
  • Chonsurid
  • CPS
  • CS
  • CSA
  • CSC
  • GAG
  • Galactosaminoglucuronoglycan Sulfate
  • Shark Chondroitin Sulphate
  • Structum

What is this product used for?

Chondroitin is used by some people to help with arthritis. It may also be used with another natural product called glucosamine. It is thought that chondroitin may help keep cartilage strong and healthy. It may also be used to help dry eyes.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.

  • Do not use this product if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. Use birth control you can trust while taking this product.

  • Do not use this product if you are breastfeeding.

  • Be sure to tell your doctor that you take this product if you are scheduled for surgery or tests.

  • This product may interfere with some lab tests. Be sure to talk with your doctor about this and all drugs you are taking.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs to thin your blood. These are drugs like warfarin (Coumadin), heparin, or enoxaparin (Lovenox).

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Asthma

    • Blood clotting problems

    • Cancer

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Hard stools

  • Heartburn

  • Hair loss

  • Rash

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad belly pain

  • Very bad loose stools

  • Swelling of the eyelids, legs, or feet

  • Extra heart beats or flutters

  • Worsening of asthma

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Consumer information use

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