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Old 01-14-07, 06:48 PM   #1
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Glucosamine/ Chondroitin

I'm going to start taking G/C and I was wondering how long does it take to start working. Also did you load up at first and then cut back when you started to feel better.I tried Primrose and it didn't do anything. Thanks for any replys.
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Old 01-14-07, 06:49 PM   #2
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... and how soon should one start taking this?
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Old 01-14-07, 07:27 PM   #3
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I take G/C which along with the bike has been good for bad knees. I have tried several brands and think there is a difference, I like the Osteo-Bi-Flex. The label says two a day, I take four. For me it takes a good month for the full effect, it seems very gradual and not noticable day by day, only over time. Worth a try, my orthopod says it works for around 40% of those who try it, which for a supplement with no bad side effects is pretty good odds.
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It took 3-4 weeks to start working for me. That was taking two of the 500/400 strength pills a day. The bottle says to take 3.

After my knee pain subsided, I cut back to one per day and that worked great for 5 years. Then a little bit of pain returned and I upped my dosage to 2 per day. I have been pain-free ever since.

I'm holding out on going to three per day until I need to.

Counting me, I know of 6 people who have tried it to address knee pain, it worked for 3 of us.

For me, it has been a miracle.
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Old 01-14-07, 07:45 PM   #5
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I began taking "GlukeDroit" (my homely term) after a ligament popping ski crash. Recovery was slow and I was impatient. I have a "sense" that they sped recovery and that my knees are more trouble free and I can ask more of them than otherwise......having gone off G/C a few times I've noticed a difference.

But, as often when taking supplements, you have only a substantial intuition that they are helping-- unlike say taking antibiotics for strep throat. I buy whatever is moderately priced or is on sale and am satisfied.
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That sounds good enough for me guys, thanks.
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Here is something you might want to try, http://www.cherrypharm.com/ i used a box this past summer and really liked it, Along with your Glucosamine/ Chondroitin ,it fights imflamation in the joints,After a ride it works great,But what i started doing was buying it at the grocery,tart cherry juice/pure then adding two tlbs into 8or10 oz of apple juice,its alot cheaper and works great.the tart cherry juice cost around $15 a bottle, but it last 3-4 months,im 62 and im gonna keep on using it,give it a try.
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I should have noted that about 2 years ago, due to my doctor doubting if G/C had really done anything for me, I went off of them. About 3 weeks later the same pain that had plagued me 5 years earlier returned and I had a hard time walking. So I started them again and after 3 pain-filled weeks, I was fine again.

I almost always purchase them from the Walgreen's chain. Their regular prices are high, but on about one week out of every month, they have it on a 2 for 1 sale. I get two bottles of 240 double strength 500/400 capsules for $50. That's much lower than the regular price at Wal-Mart. Using two per day, that works out to a cost of $6.25/month. A great deal for pain-free knees.
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A cautionary note for those taking G/c. It appears that in some cases it can raise your cholesterol. This is not meant to be a knock on it, I've been thinking about it myself. It is,however, something to be aware of.
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There was a Danish study on the effects of glucosamine on cholesterol. Out of 40,000 people taking G/C, 6 of them experienced a rise in their cholesterol. They took the 6 off of G/C and their cholesterol dropped, put them back on and it went up again. So it appeared to be a direct link, for about 1 out of every 6700 people.
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Just get Glucosamine Sulfate. Primrose oil is primarily used by menopausal women. They don't usually notice a difference either.
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A cautionary note for those taking G/c. It appears that in some cases it can raise your cholesterol. This is not meant to be a knock on it, I've been thinking about it myself. It is,however, something to be aware of.
I don't know if it changes my cholesterol or not. I do know that I have often
procrastinated after I ran out. After a week or so the aches and pains come back every damn time.
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Does it raise the good or bad cholesterol?
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Apparently for 99.9% of the people it raises neither. But for the others it is the bad.
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it works for me, and pain returns if I stop. I take the triple strength, 1x/day.
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For people who don't know the regular strengths, "triple strength" is 750 G, 600 C.

Most of the pills are 500/400, or "double strength". You don't see single strength a whole lot.
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I've been taking glucosamine w/MSM 1,500 MG each once a day.
It took quite a while to notice the effects, but joints quit complaining.
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Old 01-15-07, 06:31 AM   #18
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I'm taking it (generic Target brand that has Vit. C and boron added) and while it has taken the edge off my knee pain, it really made the arthritis in my fingers much, much better. Go figure.

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Makes me sick to my stomach and bowel problems. However, I have always had a "sensitive" stomach.
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I started with 3 a day (1500 mg) for a month before any noticeable improvement, then dropped to 2 a day. I'm on my third year of taking Glucosamine Sulphate - My knees have stopped bothering me altogether, I play ice hockey 2x a week, ball hockey once or twice a week and rode 4,000 km last year.
It worked for our dog, too. He could hardly walk, he was chasing cats again after about 3 weeks of glucosamine sulphate mixed in with his food.
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I Take glucosamine - chondroitin & MSM in a liquid. 1 shot a day. Keeps the joints at bay. I get it at BJ's for 19.00 a bottle 1 months worth. When I first started to get healthy my doc told me to quit it because of cholesterol, after a month off of it my joints started to hurt when I would get up in the morning. I started back on it and can tell the difference. It origanley took about 1 month to start working. My Cholesterol is now at 163 total diet made the difference on that.
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Adding to my previous posts ... I neglected to mention that one time when I made my 2 for 1 purchase from Walgreens, I accidentally picked up Glucosamine & MSM. I was taking it for 2 months, without ever noticing it was different, and my knees started to ache a bit. Not badly, but more so than they had for a few years. That's when I noticed I was taking a different dose.

So I switched back to G & C and my pain eased away again. I know G & MSM works for some, and it works a bit for me ... much better than taking nothing ... but not as effective as G & C.

When one 500/400 G & C pill quit being enough for me, I used up the rest of my G & MSM by taking it as my 2nd pill of the day. That worked fine.

Some people take just MSM for joint pain. Based upon my experience with G & MSM, I don't think it would do much for me.
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I just picked up some G/C and started taking it. I got my fingers crossed. If it works on my wrist and elbows I can start bike shopping again. Thanks again, George
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I got turned onto this Glucosamine/ Chondroitin when jumping horses. The trainers swore by it and we would often watch horses "go better" in the arena and generally look less stiff and have an improved gait.
Some physicians poo-poo it, saying that it doesn't survive the HCL acid in the stomach, but vetenarians have tagged it with an isotope and seen it in the joint spaces. (I think)

Four to six weeks I notice a difference.
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