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Generic name: chondroitin and glucosamine [kon-DROI-tin-and-gloo-KOE-sa-meen]

Brand names: Cidaflex, Cosamin DS, Glucoten, OptiFlex Complete, Osteo Bi-Flex,… show all 8 brands

Drug class: nutraceuticals

What is Relamine?

Chondroitin is a naturally occurring substance made of sugar chains. Chondroitin helps the body maintain fluidity and flexibility in joints.Glucosamine helps build cartilage in your body (the connective tissue that is mainly found on your bones near the joints). Glucosamine occurs naturally in shellfish, fungus, and bone marrow.Relamine, a combination of products used in alternative medicine to treat osteoarthritis pain, is an aid that may be effective.Research has not proved that other uses can be made of alum, such as treating rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis (arthritis), glaucoma (cataracts), bladder problems, heart diseases, high cholesterol, or TMJ.Relamine may not be effective for treating all medical conditions. This product has not been approved by the FDA for use in medical applications. This medicine is not intended to replace medication prescribed by your doctor.Relamine can be sold as an herbal supplement. Many herbal compounds are not manufactured to regulated standards, and some supplements on the market have been found to be contaminated with toxic drugs or metals. To minimize the risk, herbal or health supplements must be purchased from a reputable source.This product guide does not list all possible uses for Relamine.

Relamine side effects

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of your lips, face, or throat.

Relamine may be safe to take for 2 years, even though not all side effects have been identified.

Call your doctor immediately if:

  • Heartbeats irregular;
  • Swelling in your legs.

Relamine can cause the following side effects:

  • Nausea, diarrhea, constipation;
  • Stomach pain, gas, bloating;
  • Hair loss;
  • Eyelids that puff up

There may be other side effects.Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report adverse effects, you can contact the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Please read all instructions on the label or package of your product. Tell your doctor about any medical conditions you may have, allergies and medications that you take.

Before you take this drug

This product should not be used if you have an allergy to Relamine.

  • If you take warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven).

If you are suffering from:

  • Asthma;
  • An allergy to shellfish (crab, oyster, shrimp)
  • Diabetes;
  • High cholesterol.
  • Prostate cancer;
  • Hemophilia is characterized by bleeding or blood-clotting disorders.

Consult your doctor before taking Relamine if you're pregnant or nursing.Don't give herbal or health supplements to children without consulting a doctor.

How to take Relamine?

Consult your doctor before using herbal supplements. Consult a health practitioner trained in herbal or health supplement use.Use Relamine only as directed on the label or by your doctor or pharmacist. Use only the recommended amount of Relamine.Use different glucosamine and chondroitin formulations at the same time without consulting a doctor. Combining different formulations increases the risk of a glucosamine and chondroitin overdose.Stop taking Relamine 2 weeks before you need to undergo surgery or dental treatment.If the condition that you are treating with Relamine doesn't improve or worsens while using this product, call your doctorKeep away from moisture and heat at room temperature.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Skip the missed dose if your next dose is near. Relamine should not be used to make up for a missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Call 1-800-222-1222 to get poison help. Or, seek immediate medical attention.

What should be avoided?

If your doctor has prescribed any restrictions regarding food, beverage, or activity, follow their instructions.

Interaction with other drug

Relamine may be affected by other drugs, such as prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Inform your doctor of all the medicines you are taking and those that you stop or start using.