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Glucosamine guide.

I'm taking glucosamine sulfate for my achy knees. Are there any side effects to be concerned about?

Janice Anderson, email

The real question with glucosamine is whether it's effective. Some studies show benefits in reducing joint pain and improving function, while others have failed to show any value. But experts agree that a daily 1,500 mg dose of glucosamine sulfate is generally safe and well tolerated-the main exception being for pregnant and nursing mothers. When selecting a product, stick with national brands and make sure you're buying glucosamine sulfate, rather than glucosamine hydrochloride. (The latter formula needs more clinical testing.) As always, ask your doctor or pharmacist about potential interactions with prescription medicines before starting any new supplement.

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Title Annotation:Your Health: MEDICAL MAILBOX
Publication:Saturday Evening Post
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Date:Mar 1, 2013
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