How does glucosamine compare to ibuprofen for pain relief?
Two research reports comparing glucosamine to the pain reliever ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®) found that glucosamine taken for eight weeks reduces pain and increases joint movement as well as ibuprofen does. Other trials have not shown positive results. The usual dose of glucosamine is 500mg three times a day. It's important to remember that glucosamine doesn't work for everyone. If you don't notice an improvement in your symptoms after 8 weeks, it is unlikely that glucosamine will work for you. Glucosamine isn't intended to replace prescription medications or your doctor's medical directions. If you do choose to take glucosamine, please let your doctor and pharmacist know.
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