The scientific evidence might be shaky but plenty of arthritis sufferers feel they’re getting some benefit from glucosamine. We asked members of CHOICE Online who’d tried glucosamine to tell us whether or not it had helped. About 75% thought it had worked for them.
Paul and his wife Ann take glucosamine with chondroitin. Paul has been able to stop taking Celebrex, and Ann has given up the Dichlofenec she had been taking.He thinks that given the potential risks from the two prescription medications, they’re well in front healthwise.
Judith has osteoarthritis in her knees and ankles, which was treated with the NSAID Vioxx until it was withdrawnShe can’t take regular anti-inflammatories because she also has a hiatus hernia, so about five years ago she started taking one 1500mg glucosamine tablet a day.
While this hasn’t completely removed the pain or inflammation, she thinks it has reduced it. She now takes fish oil as well and thinks this has helped too