August 2017

New study: Chondroitin comparable to celecoxib for osteoarthritis

New clinical research shows that chondroitin sulfate 800 mg once daily is comparable to celecoxib 200 mg daily for reducing pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis.  For patients who want to try it, explain that the best evidence is for higher-quality, pharmaceutical-grade products. Some of these products include Chondrosulf (IBSA Institut Biochimique SA), Chondrosan (Bioibérica, S.A.), and Structrum (Pierre Fabre Medicament). Studies using these products have more consistently shown benefit. Also, keep in mind that chondroitin is not fast acting - it can take several weeks before there is significant benefit.  Patients might also need analgesics for acute pain flare ups while taking chondroitin. 

For more details on chondroitin sulfate for treating osteoarthritis, review our scientific monograph.

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