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Glucosamine

Also known as Cidaflex, Cosamin, Schiff, Novipet Joint Support, and Optiflex-G

Glucosamine (C6H13NO5) is an amino sugar and a prominent precursor in the biochemical synthesis of glycosylated proteins and lipids. Glucosamine is part of the structure of the polysaccharides chitosan and chitin, which compose the exoskeletons of crustaceans and other arthropods, cell walls in fungi and many higher organisms. Glucosamine is one of the most abundant monosaccharides. It is produced commercially by the hydrolysis of crustacean exoskeletons or, less commonly by fermentation of a grain such as corn or wheat. In the US it is one of the most common non-vitamin, non-mineral, dietary supplements used by adults.

Source: Wikipedia

Estimated Total Cost: $14.45 for an average of 28 days supply

What is it prescribed for?

Patients are most commonly prescribed glucosamine to treat heart block, bladder obstruction, mastectomy, and chondromalacia of the patella.

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