Chondroitin sulfate is an approved substance by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is used in a variety of ways to treat osteoarthritis, including ointments, pain creams, and injections. Ointments and creams containing chondroitin sulfate are often combined with glucosamine sulfate, shark cartilage, and camphor. This combination is used to reduce pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.
Injections of chondroitin sulfate are also used to treat osteoarthritis, as they can help reduce pain and improve joint function. Chondroitin sulfate is a naturally occurring substance found in the cartilage of animals. It is also available as a dietary supplement in the form of tablets or capsules. While it has been studied for its potential benefits in treating osteoarthritis, there is still limited evidence to support its use.
It is important to speak with your doctor before taking any dietary supplement, including chondroitin sulfate. Some supplements can interact with medications or have other side effects. Your doctor can help you decide if chondroitin sulfate is right for you.