Volume 4 - Issue 10
Featured Content from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center
The Demise of Vioxx
By J.R. Rogers
We have been telling our readers for years that there are inherent dangers in using prescription drugs like Vioxx. Citing the risk of heart attack and stroke, Merck Pharmaceuticals has now pulled its product from the market. This is the largest recall of its kind in medical history.
Of course, this action is bound to bring two other similar prescription medications under scrutiny. Bextra and Celebrex are certainly going to be looked at very closely to determine whether or not they have the potential for similar complications.
Of course, there is also the high cost of using these types of medications to consider. They are very, very expensive.
We have said for a long time that there are safer alternatives to using these drugs and primarily, have focused on glucosamine. As the press reports now indicate, doctors are now going to have to seriously consider it as an option to prescription medications to control arthritis pain.
Liquid vs. Capsule Glucosamine
There is another issue here as well. Namely, that many of these "counter" products that you see in drug stores, grocery stores and health food operations can be misleading. You buy a package of glucosamine only to discover later that instead of a month's supply, you have purchased something that lasts half that time. Many give the appearance that they offer a 30-day supply but when you read the label closely, it is half that amount.
I would like to add few more comments about the use of liquid glucosamine and the daily dose required. I am doing this because there have been some newcomers to this industry that are making claims about their products that the clinical evidence does not support.
How much glucosamine do you really need?
There are no studies indicating the optimal amount of glucosamine to take on a daily basis. If you review the studies that have been done, we recommend that if you take a "pill" form of glucosamine that you should take at least 1500 mg per day. However, if you take liquid glucosamine, then we recommend that you take at least 800 mg per day.
The History of Liquid Glucosamine and Recent Developments
New Products and Claims
You may also see claims by companies that liquid glucosamine will benefit those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. The medical evidence does not appear to support such claims. The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is not known and may even have a genetic link. If you have both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, then you may experience benefits from the use of glucosamine as it will help with your osteoarthritis. However, if you suffer from only rheumatoid arthritis, then you should consult your physician for the best advice on how to treat your condition. There are medications that can help you.
Finally, you may see claims by companies that liquid glucosamine will benefit those suffering from gout and lupus. Those claims are of questionable validity. If those suffering from gout and lupus are suffering from osteoarthritis as well, then they may experience benefits from the use of glucosamine. Moreover, liquid glucosamine products may have other ingredients that work synergistically to reduce inflammation and reduce pain. However, claims that such products should be used to "treat" such illnesses are wrong. If you are suffering from gout or lupus, you are best served by consulting your physician.
Cost and Safety
* We do caution that diabetics discuss the use of glucosamine with their physicians before using it.
Off the Shelf Glucosamine
We have heard from many who have tried products they have purchased from their local stores. And of course, unless they've used one of the really high-quality ones available they got little or no relief.
I have some thoughts about this…
All I can say is this. Whatever product you feel offers the best relief for you is the one you should use. The issue is not whether you should use a liquid glucosamine but rather the one that best fits your needs.
And this should not be an issue of price. After all, some may offer you a product that is a couple of dollars less expensive. The question is "does it really do the job for you?"
At least you are not spending the enormous amounts of money that prescription drugs cost. You have a safe, effective choice and you should use it.
See you next time.
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