Glucosamine Sulfate Side Effects

Glucosamine Sulfate Side Effects

Side Effects of Glucosamine Sulfate According to WebMD, “glucosamine is likely safe when used appropriately by adults.” Very serious side effects to glucosamine are rare, but they do occur. Some of the mild side effects include:

  • nausea
  • heartburn
  • diarrhea
  • constipation

The rare side effects are:

  • drowsiness
  • skin reactions
  • headache

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding a baby, do not use glucosamine sulfate. There is not enough research to show its effects on pregnant and breastfeeding women, or their babies.

Diabetes, Asthma, and Glucosamine

One report links an asthma attack with taking glucosamine, however, it is not clear whether glucosamine actually caused the asthma attack. It is best to stay on the safe side and refrain from using glucosamine if you have asthma.

Early research hinted that glucosamine might increase blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. Later (and more reliable) research; however, shows that glucosamine sulfate does not affect the blood sugar levels of Type 2 diabetes patients. Therefore, if you have diabetes, you can take glucosamine sulfate. Just make sure you monitor your blood sugar levels.

Shellfish Allergy and Glucosamine

Some people are allergic to shellfish such as shrimp and lobsters, and there are some glucosamine sulfate supplements that are manufactured from the shell of shellfish. This is why there is concern that these supplements may cause an allergy reaction.

Note: the meat of shellfish, not the shell, causes allergic reactions. If you are allergic to shellfish, you can safely take glucosamine.

Glucosamine Sulfate Drug Interactions

Glucosamine sulfate can interact with other medicines. If you are taking Warfarin (Coumadin), do not take glucosamine sulfate. Warfarin slows down the process of blood clotting. Glucosamine increases the effects of warfarin. Serious bruising and bleeding may result if you take warfarin and glucosamine together. Also, do not take glucosamine if you are taking an anti-cancer medication.

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