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Jury Still Out on Use of Supplements to Treat Arthritis

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  • Supplements containing glucosamine and chondroitin may be beneficial in treating osteoarthritis, although previous studies sponsored by manufacturers may have overstated their efficacy.
  • Researchers are still uncertain about the side effects of these supplements or how they compare to approved prescription medications.
  • Osteoarthritis patients who suffer side effects from their medication can try glucosamine and chondroitin for a minimum of 12 weeks to determine whether the supplements work for them, one expert says.

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