Over-the-counter drug may work well for arthritis

February 13, 2015 6:21 PM

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Over-the-counter drug may work well for arthritis

Three daily doses of glucosamine and chondroitin may provide the same relief as a smaller dose of prescription celecoxib for people with severe pain from osteoarthritis, according to a randomized trial in four European countries.

In the U.S., glucosamine and chondroitin are available as over-the-counter supplements so their formulations are not regulated like the prescription European version.

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