Chondroitin/Glucosamine Equal to Celecoxib for Knee Osteoarthritis
Am Fam Physician. 2016 Jun 15;93(12):1032.
Is combined chondroitin/glucosamine as effective as celecoxib (Celebrex) in reducing pain and improving function in patients with painful knee osteoarthritis?
For patients with painful knee osteoarthritis, a high-dose combination of glucosamine hydrochloride (1,500 mg) and chondroitin (1,200 mg) was as effective in lessening pain and stiffness and improving function as celecoxib (200 mg). Other studies have not found benefit. It is time for someone to analyze all the studies of chondroitin/glucosamine to determine who is most likely to benefit. (Level of Evidence = 1b)
The 606 patients in this study were enrolled by one of 42 rheumatologists practicing
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