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Who shouldn't take glucosamine?

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If you have a shellfish allergy, be careful about using glucosamine because you could have a reaction. Also, check with your doctor before taking the supplements if you:

  • Have diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, bleeding disorders, or high blood pressure
  • Take other medicines, including heart drugs, blood thinners, and diabetes drugs.
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding.

SOURCES: Longe, J., ed.  , second edition, 2004.  Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Glucosamine." National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Backgrounder: Questions and Answers: NIH Glucosamine/chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT.)"


The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on January 17, 2018

SOURCES: Longe, J., ed.  , second edition, 2004.  Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Glucosamine." National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Backgrounder: Questions and Answers: NIH Glucosamine/chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT.)"


The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on January 17, 2018

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