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Glucosamine

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Nov 19, 2018.

What are other common names?

  • (3R,4R,5S,6R)-3-Amino-6-(Hydroxymethyl) Oxane-2,4,5-Triol Hydrochloride
  • 2-Amino-2-Deoxy-Beta-D-Glucopyranose
  • 2-Amino-2-Deoxy-D-Glucose Sulfate
  • 2-Amino-2-Deoxyglucose
  • 2-Amino-2-Deoxyglucose Sulfate
  • Amino Monosaccharide
  • Chitosamine
  • Chitosamine Hydrochloride
  • Chlorhidrato de Glucosamina
  • Chlorhydrate de Glucosamine
  • D-Glucosamine
  • D-Glucosamine HCl
  • D-Glucosamine Sulfate
  • D-Glucosamine Sulphate
  • G6S
  • Glucosamine
  • Glucosamine Hydrochloride
  • Glucosamine KCl
  • Glucosamine Potassium Sulfate
  • Glucosamine Sulfate
  • Glucosamine Sulfate 2KCl
  • Glucosamine Sulfate-Potassium Chloride
  • Glucosamine Sulphate
  • Glucosamine Sulphate KCl
  • Glucosamine-6-Phosphate
  • GS
  • Mono-Sulfated Saccharide
  • Poly-(1->3)-N-Acetyl-2-Amino-2-Deoxy-3-O-Beta-D-Glucopyranurosyl-4-(or 6-) Sul
  • SG
  • Sulfated Monosaccharides
  • Sulfated Saccharides

What is this product used for?

Glucosamine is used by some people to help with arthritis. It may also be used with another natural product called chondroitin.

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.

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

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

  • Take extra care if you are allergic to shellfish.

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

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

    • Bleeding problems

    • High cholesterol

    • High blood pressure

    • Asthma

    • Diabetes

    • Cancer

    • Liver problems

  • Keep hard candies, glucose tablets, liquid glucose, or juice on hand for low blood sugar.

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach or throwing up

  • Loose stools

  • Heartburn

  • Itching

  • 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.

  • Signs of low blood sugar. These include hunger, dizziness, shaking, a fast heartbeat, confusion, or sweating.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad loose stools

Last Reviewed Date

2017-07-19

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