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My artritis in my hip has been relatively painfree since I have been taking glucosamine chondrotin, as recommended by my doctor. He also told me that it probably assisted in the healing process for the doggie fracas wounds (torn ligament in finger). Thought you might want to know that the g.c. helped me. I still do not know if it would help any of you with your gout, but, you may want to consult your healthcare provider about it BEFORE you try it.


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I just reviewed my last post below,and it didn't mention a thing about gout! They must have said that it was good for gout...I don't know.

I stumbled upon a link,and,yes,they're trying to sell something,but they also have some good information. I thought that you might want to subscribe to it,Joe,or anybody else for that matter.

I contacted Support,and they told me I could switch things at the top of the team page,which I did,but in their message they said that they would send you an e-mail asking if you wanted to lead the team,and if you answered yes,that they would switch things.

The following is the link to that newsletter,if you're interested.

www.goutcure.com/

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I was watching an infomercial at 02:30 this morning, and they,of course,were selling a product. They claim that people from Norway are the happiest people in the world...because they eat tons of cold-water fish (ie. Omega 3 fish oil),and their formula also contains chromium picolnate(sp?)which is supposed to lower your blood sugar. Even people without diabetes are supposed to take this supplement for their mood, and the many benefits of the fish oil.

They kept urging the TV audience to call NOW,and get a 3-month supply of the supplement and they had 2 free bonuses PLUS free S&H if you ordered withing 15 minutes. What a deal...except they never said how much it cost$$$ You had to "call the number on the screen" to find out the price.

I take flaxseed caps instead of fish oil because I cannot stand that nasty regurgitation you get with the fish oil.

I'm headed for GNC tomorrow,and I'm going to check on the prices for the chromium. I also plan to look into the multi vit/min for diabetes.

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I still have not found out where to buy some of the homeopathic remedies in the article I found, but I found some information about chondroitin sulfate, the supplements from Max Muscle. It does not mention gout specifically, but I'm wondering if your physician would recommend it for gout??

www.mayoclinic.com/health/chondroiti
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Background


Chondroitin was first extracted and purified in the 1960s. It is currently manufactured from natural sources (shark/beef cartilage or bovine trachea) or by synthetic means. The consensus of expert and industry opinions supports the use of chondroitin and its common partner agent, glucosamine, for improving symptoms and stopping (or possibly reversing) the degenerative process of osteoarthritis.

Synonyms

ACS4-ACS6, ADAMTS7B, aggrecan, agrin, biglycan, biostat, CDS, chondroitin sulfate A, chondroitin sulfate C, chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan, chondroitin sulfates, chondroitin sulfuric acid, chondroitin sulphate, chondroitin sulphate A sodium, chondroitin-4-sulfate, chondroitin-6-sulfate, chondroitinase ABC, chondroprotective agents, chondrosine, chonsurid, CHST11, condroitin, Condrosulf®, Condrosulf 400®, CS, CS/DS, CSA, CSC, CSPG D-galactosamine, decorin, dentin sialoprotein, DexSol®, D-glucuronic acid, disease modifying osteoarthritis drugs, DMOAD, extended chondroitin sulfate/dermatan, fucosylated chondroitin sulfate, GAG, galacotosaminoglucuronoglycan sulfate (Matrix®), glucosamine hydrochloride, glucosamine salts, glucosamine sulfate, glucosaminoglycan, Matrix®, neurocan, neuroglycan C, NGC, Optisol®, perineuronal nets, PNs, sodium chondroitin sulfate 0.2%, sodium chondroitin, Structum®, sulphate, symptomatic slow acting drug in osteoarthritis type XV, Syndecan, SYSADOA type XV, Uropol®-S, Viscoat®.

Evidence

These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.

Uses based on tradition or theory

The below uses are based on tradition or scientific theories. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.

Aging, allergies, Alzheimer's disease, analgesic, angina (chest pain), anticoagulant (blood thinner), anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antithrombotic, atherosclerosis, bone healing, breast cancer, cardiovascular health, chronic venous ulcers, deep intra-osseous defects, gonarthrosis, gum disease, headaches, heart attack (treatment and prevention), high cholesterol, HIV/AIDS, hyperglycemia/diabetes, iron deficiency anemia, joint pain, joint problems (cartilage repair, disc degeneration, synovial fluid productions), kidney stones, leukemia, malaria, nerve regeneration, osteoporosis, premature birth prevention, respiratory ailments, rheumatoid arthritis, snoring, soft tissue injury (torn ligaments and tendons), spinal cord injury, sports injuries, venous leg ulcers, wound healing.

Dosing

The below doses are based on scientific research, publications, traditional use, or expert opinion. Many herbs and supplements have not been thoroughly tested, and safety and effectiveness may not be proven. Brands may be made differently, with variable ingredients, even within the same brand. The below doses may not apply to all products. You should read product labels, and discuss doses with a qualified healthcare provider before starting therapy.

Adult (18 years and older)

Doses of 200-400 milligrams by mouth twice to three times daily, or 800-1,200 milligrams once daily have been used in studies. Higher doses (up to 2,000 milligrams) appear to have similar efficacy. In the treatment of osteoarthritis, full effects may take several weeks to occur.

It is not clear what dose is optimal when used in combination with glucosamine or whether the combination is as effective as or more effective than either agent alone.

For osteoarthritis, 50-100 milligrams as a single daily injection or divided into two daily injections has been used. Medical supervision is recommended.

Children (younger than 18 years)

There is no proven effective dose for chondroitin in children.

Safety

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not strictly regulate herbs and supplements. There is no guarantee of strength, purity or safety of products, and effects may vary. You should always read product labels. If you have a medical condition, or are taking other drugs, herbs, or supplements, you should speak with a qualified healthcare provider before starting a new therapy. Consult a healthcare provider immediately if you experience side effects.

Allergies

Use cautiously if allergic or hypersensitive to chondroitin sulfate products. Use cautiously in patients with shellfish allergy, due to the possibility of allergic reaction. Hives, rash, sun skin sensitivity, and worsening of previously well-controlled asthma have been reported.

Side Effects and Warnings

Chondroitin sulfate appears to be well tolerated for up to three years.

Adverse effects that have been rarely reported or are theoretical include: headache, motor uneasiness, euphoria, hives, rash, photosensitivity, hair loss, breathing difficulties, subjective tightness in the throat or chest, exacerbation of previously well-controlled asthma, chest pain, elevated blood pressure, lower extremity edema, gastrointestinal pain/dyspepsia, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, transaminitis, increased risk of bleeding (theoretical), bone marrow suppression (animal research), and eyelid edema.

Avoid in individuals with prostate cancer, or at increased risk for prostate cancer, due to a risk of increased spread or recurrence of prostate cancer.


Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Avoid in pregnant or breastfeeding women as effects are unknown, and there is structural similarity to heparin, a blood thinner that is contraindicated during pregnancy.

Methodology

This patient information is based on a professional level monograph edited and peer-reviewed by contributors to the Natural Standard Research Collaboration (www.naturalstandard.com)


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When I was searching for stores that offer the homeopathic remedies, I found this product by Max Muscle. The reason I thought this might help gout is because it has ingredients to help arthritis and joint problems.

Because I am not a physician or a medical expert, please check with your doctor before trying this.

www.maxmuscle.com/shopmax/store.cfm?
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Max Joint Relief was designed to bring safe and effective relief to sore and overworked
joints. The synergistic effects of the ingredients in this proprietary formula have been
proven in University studies to bring safe and effective relief to arthritic and sore joints.
Researchers from the arthritis center at the Boston University School of Medicine showed
that glucosamine and chondroitin were very effective in the treatment of joint problems related to inflamed and sore arthritic joints. Glucosamine Sulfate plays a key role in the maintenance and repair of joints by stimulating cartilage cells to produce glycosaminoglycans and protglycans, the building blocks of cartilage. The university study
mentioned above used a specific ratio of Glucosamine and Chondroitin. In this study it was shown that an effective higher end oral dose was 1500mg of Glucosamine Sulfate and 1200mg of Chondroitin Sulfate. Max Joint Relief was formulated to the exact
specifications of the study. Chondroitin Sulfate provides the raw materials of the cartilage
found in the joint. Research studies have shown that Chondroitin can be a very effective treatment for arthritis pain and joint problems by inhibiting free radicals that degrade joint cartilage and collagen and improving blood circulation to joints which enables antioxidants and glucosamine to enter inflamed joints to stimulate the repair process required for the regression of osteoarthritis. MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a bio-available form of dietary sulfur, and is a naturally occurring compound found in significant amounts in nerve and connective tissue, skin, hair and joints. Supplementing with MSM can help support the development of new cells and connective tissue, and may been linked to promoting healthy muscles, ligaments and flexible joints. As we age our MSM levels decline, increasing the need for supplementation. MSM also helps provide temporary relief from arthritis pain and inflammation. Ginger(Zingiber officinale) has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes, such as nausea, stomachache, rheumatism and toothache. Modern research has found ginger to be a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory benefits. The active components of ginger are thought to be aromatic ketones known as gingerols. These have been shown in experimental studies to inhibit both the cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase pathways and the production of prostaglandins, thromboxane and leukotrienes (Kiuchi F et al., 1992; Srivastava KC,
1986; Flynn DL et al., 1986), just as the NSAIDs do. Studies have compared Ginger to ibuprofen as an anti-inflammatory agent, without the associated side effects.

Turmeric(Curcuma longa) is a member of the ginger family and has long been used a powerful healing herb. In the early 1970's researchers discovered that it contained notable inflammation-fighting compounds called curcuminoids. The anti-inflammatory
compounds in turmeric appear to ease inflammation by inhibiting the COX- 2 enzyme, which is associated with inflammation. Turmeric has properties that resemble those of the COX-2 inhibitors–popular new arthritis drugs, such as Celebrex, that have been dubbed "superaspirins."

As with all the products in the Max Muscle line of supplements, Max Joint Relief has been formulated to give our customers the best possible results. We used the precise amounts of the ingredients used in key studies. Because of this we are confident that this product will deliver optimal results.

Size: 120 Capsules
Serving Size: Four (4) Capsules
Servings Per Container: 30
Supplement Facts
Serving Size: Four (4) Capsules Servings Per Container: 30
Amount Per Serving % DV*
Glucosamine Sulfate 1.5g **
Chondroitin Sulfate 1.2g **
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) 500mg **
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) 100mg **
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) 100mg **
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
**Daily value not established.
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JOE-
I went to one of the links and started reading the testimonials about ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)...I'm psyched! I've used it in the past for indigestion,and it also lowers blood glucose and blood pressure levels. I was straightening my bookshelf today and found a book I'd bought about Bragg Organic ACV...Nature's Healing Miracle!

So I'm gonna give it a whirl. On the back of the book they have a few testimonials,and I just have to mention this one-

"Thank you Paul & Patricia Bragg for my simple Health Program."- Clint Eastwood,Bragg follower (!)

If it's good enough for Clint...it's good enough for me!

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Wow, this is really a long story and I've tried to make it short. In general, I have had negative experiences with traditional medicine. The failure of standard drug treatments is what drove me to do a lot of searching on my own and lead me to control gout through diet and enzymes. I have often had bad side effects from medicines, particularly ones for depression and gout.

I had gout attacks for the first time when I was 25. I didn't know then what it was. No one in my family ever had that. Just like they say, I literally woke up one day and there it was. As time passed, the attacks came more frequently. Most people with gout are being treated with drugs that lower the body's production of uric acid. These drugs were dangerous for me and they can take weeks to work. I took a different route, focusing on reducing the inflammation that causes pain. By doing that, I think it's better for your body overall. I have some damage to my joints and I also have a lot of inflammation in the connective tissues in my body. Particularly in the tendons in my hands and feet and the chest wall. I do think that these things are related, but I have no solid medical evidence.

One time about 8 years ago, I went to the doctor and the blood sample they took had no baseline enzyme levels in it. They took another just to be sure and got the same result. The doc told me that he had never seen anything like that. He had no idea what to do. Such has been my experience with modern medicine.

I met a Chinese doctor who was studying in the US Out of desperation, I let her see me. I don't remember exactly, but I think my wife set it up. The doc came to my house and treated me, and I got well enough to walk in about 3 days. No Western treatments did anything like that - not even close. This experience opened my eyes to a lot of possibilities that I would not have considered otherwise.

Through years of trial and error and pain, I came across two things. The first was a cocktail of various herbal extracts, which stopped a gout attack so severe that I had to use crutches to walk. Again, this was something that I tried out of desperation. It did not work as fast as the manufacture claimed, but I did not expect it to. It did allow me to walk on my own in a few days, just like the Chinese treatment. I have not used this particular cocktail in several years. There are various version of it to be easily found for sale on the Internet.

The second thing was an enzyme that comes from pineapples called bromelain. The anti-inflammatory properties of bromelain are as strong or stronger as any drug. When I have an attack, I take it in fairly large doses for up to two weeks. Everything that I have read about says not to take that much, but WTH? It's certainly not as bad for me as the drugs that made my stomach bleed! Also, by taking bromelain in small doses before - and before is key here - meals, I can go for as long as a year without a problem.

But I have to do my part by watching what I eat. At least 90% of my protein comes from vegetable sources. I generally avoid leafy vegetables of any kind, and strictly limit animal protein. I will eat lettuce on my veggie sub, but that's not enough to make a difference. I will eat some Krystals now and then, my fave fast food. But it just takes two to get my fix. I do drink too much and without that, I wouldn't have any issue at all with gout. But let me say that when I was having the worst problems with gout, I was rarely ever drinking. Mental stress absolutely factors into it, and can make an attack worse or straight up cause one.

All of this being said, if you have some kidney failure, your doc may not even want to consider any alternatives. Most Western doctors have no clue about alternative medicine. However, if your doc doesn't know about bromelain, I'd be extremely concerned. Bromelain can interfere with some medicines, particularly those having to do with the blood. Make sure that you are getting enough potassium if you decide to try bromelain. Which you probably are already supplementing if you have kidney problems. Look to Commission E and some Chinese medicine and you may just find some additional help.

I tried it all - cherries, celery seed, and on and on. These two things and the Chinese treatment worked. Everything else just made me sicker.

Follow this link and get a primer on bromelain. http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/bromela
in-000289.htm#Possible%20Interactions

This is a place that sells a cocktail very similar to the one that I had great success with: http://www.goutcure.com/index.html

This site is very interesting if for nothing else than to read what others are saying about their gout: http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/gout.html
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Bromelain will make you urinate if you take the higher doses. Do watch your fluids. I am accustomed to taking it, so I guess I'm just used to it. But I'm also used to drinking 3 liters of water daily. BP meds do the same thing, so you don't want to get your BP too low if you take both; or be going to the loo every hour!

I have not done a lot of research, just looked at a lot of books and picked a few things to try. Everyone is different as to what works for them. I would also recommend looking at Commission E's info. They do much better than Americans when it comes to alternative meds

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Hi, Team!! I found this information on Revolution Health re homeopathic treatment for gout. Joe, Have you tried any of these, and did they do any good?

www.revolutionhealth.com/conditions/arth
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Gout
Date updated: September 07, 2006
Content provided by: Healthnotes

Gout is a painful condition resulting from the buildup of uric acid crystals in or around a joint. Diet, genetics, and certain medications may be contributing factors. Homeopathic remedies can provide a measure of relief during painful attacks of joint pain and inflammation. A constitutional remedy prescribed by an experienced homeopath may help to reduce the likelihood of further episodes.

For dosage information, please read the information at the end of this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional Guidance” in What Is Homeopathy?

Arnica: Although this remedy usually comes to mind for injuries, it can also be very helpful for discomfort that comes with gout. Pain is sore and bruise-like, and it hurts to walk. The person may be afraid to be approached or touched, because of pain.

Belladonna: Sudden onset, swelling, throbbing, heat, and intensity are symptoms that suggest this remedy. The joints look red, inflamed, and shiny — with sharp or violent pains that are worse from touch and jarring. The person may feel restless, flushed, and hot.

Berberis vulgaris: Twinges of pain in gouty joints, or stitching pains that are aggravated by changing position or walking, may indicate a need for this remedy. Berberis is often indicated for people who ache all over; some have nagging back pain or a tendency toward kidney stones.

Bryonia: When this remedy is needed, tearing pain is worse from the slightest movement, and the joints are swollen and hot. Areas with swelling and inflammation are painful to touch. The knees can be very stiff and the feet may swell. When Bryonia is indicated, the person is irritable and self-protective, not wanting to be touched or interfered with.

Calcarea fluorica: When this remedy is indicated, the finger joints may become enlarged because of gout, and the knees and toes may be involved. Stabbing pain is experienced, and the joints may make a cracking sound on movement. Discomfort is worse during weather changes, and warmth may bring relief.

Colchicum: Gout in the big toe or heel—so painful the person finds both motion and touch unbearable—suggests a need for this remedy. The joints are swollen, red and hot. Pain is often worse in the evening and at night. Flare-ups may occur in the springtime or with weather changes. Individuals who need this remedy often have a feeling of internal coldness and are very tired.

Ledum palustre: When this remedy is indicated, the foot and big toe can be extremely swollen. Shooting pains are felt all through the foot and ankle, moving upward to the knee. This remedy is especially indicated when cold applications relieve both the swelling and the pain.

Rhododendron: This remedy can be useful for gouty swelling of the big toe joint that flares up before a storm. Other joints may ache and swell, especially on the right side of the body. Pain usually is worse toward early morning and after staying still too long. The person may feel better from warmth and after eating.

Rhus toxicodendron: This remedy can be helpful for joints that are hot, stiff, painful, and swollen. Symptoms are worse in cold, damp weather and improved by warmth and gentle motion.

Sulphur: Painful gouty joints that itch, along with a burning feeling in the feet, suggest the use of this remedy. The knees and other joints may be involved. Problems are aggravated by heat in any form, and are often worse in damp weather and in springtime.

Homeopathy Dosage Directions
Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually printed on the label.

Many homeopathic physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.

If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.


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Thought I'd move some posts around for my amusement & your confusion!

As your somewhat faithful gout researcher, I found this article about bromelain.

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Bromelain
From Cathy Wong,
Your Guide to Alternative Medicine.

What is Bromelain?

Bromelain is a mixture of enzymes found naturally in the juice and stems of pineapples. Called a proteolytic enzyme, bromelain is believed to help with the digestion of protein.

Some bromelain appears to be absorbed by the body intact, so it's also thought to have effects outside the digestive tract. In fact, bromelain is often marketed as a natural anti-inflammatory for conditions such as arthritis. It's one of the most popular supplements in Germany, where it is approved by the Commission E for the treatment of inflammation and swelling of the nose and sinuses due to surgery or injury.

Bromelain is typically extracted from pineapples and made into capsule or tablet form. Because it's able to digest protein, bromelain is available in some grocery stores as a meat tenderizer.

A topical form of bromelain is also being explored experimentally for burns.

When used for as a digestive aid, bromelain is usually taken with meals. When used for inflammatory conditions, practitioners typically recommend taking bromelain between meals on an empty stomach to maximize absorption.

Why Do People Use Bromelain

Surgery and Injuries

There is some evidence that bromelain supplements may reduce swelling, bruising, inflammation and pain after surgery and injury. In Germany, bromelain has been approved for these uses by the Commission E since 1993. Large, well-designed studies are needed, because not all studies have confirmed these results.

Sinusitis

Bromelain has been suggested as a complementary treatment for sinusitis. Preliminary studies suggest that it may help reduce congestion, improve breathing and suppress coughing. It's approved by the Commission E as a complementary treatment for nasal and sinus swelling and inflammation after ear, nose and throat surgery. A review of three small but well-designed previously published studies found that bromelain may help relieve sinusitis symptoms.

Digestion

Bromelain is a popular natural digestive aid due to it's ability to digest proteins. It's used for bloating, gas and other digestive symptoms and for conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome. Bromelain is often used alone or in combination with other enzymes such as lipase, which digests fats, and amylase, which digests starch. There is little research, however, on the safety or effectiveness of bromelain for digestion.

Osteoarthritis

Bromelain may help with mild pain associated with osteoarthritis. It's a common ingredient in nutritional supplements marketed as a natural pain remedy for arthritis. Large, well-designed studies are needed to see if it is effective and to find out about possible side effects.

Cancer

Bromelain and other proteolytic enzymes have been explored as a complementary treatment for cancer. Although there is some preliminary research, there isn't enough evidence at this time on the safety or effectiveness of bromelain for cancer. It should never be used in place of conventional treatment.

Side Effects and Safety Concerns

Some of the more common side effects of bromelain include indigestion, nausea and diarrhea. Other side effects may include vomiting, increased heart rate, drowsiness and abnormal uterine bleeding or heavy menstruation.

Bromelain has resulted in allergic reactions and asthma symptoms, including breathing problems, tightness in the throat, skin hives, rash or itchy skin. People with allergies to pineapples should avoid bromelain. Allergic reactions may also occur in people with allergies to latex, carrot, celery, fennel, rye, wheat, papain, bee venom or grass, birch or cypress pollens.

People with peptic ulcers should not use bromelain. People with other digestive disorders should consult a qualified healthcare professional before using bromelain.

Theoretically, bromelain may increase the risk of bleeding, so people with bleeding disorders and those taking medication that can increase the risk of bleeding should only use bromelain under the supervision of their physician. It should not be taken two weeks before or after dental procedures or surgery.

The safety of bromelain in pregnant or nursing women, children or people with liver or kidney disease isn't known.

Possible Drug and Herb Interactions

People taking "blood-thinners" (anticoagulant or anti-platelet medication), such as aspirin, warfarin (Coumadin), heparin, clopidogrel (Plavix), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve) should only use bromelain under a physician's supervision. It should also be used with caution by people taking herbs and supplements that are thought to increase the risk of bleeding, such as ginkgo biloba and garlic.

Studies suggest bromelain may also increase the absorption of other medications, such as:

- amoxicillin, tetracycline and other antibiotics

- chemotherapy drugs such as 5-fluorouracil and vincristine

- "ACE inhibitor" blood pressure medications such as captopril (Capoten) and lisinopril (Zestril)

- medications that cause drowsiness, such as benzodiazepines lorazepam (Ativan) or diazepam (Valium), some antidepressants, narcotics such as codeine, and barbituates such as phenobarbitol.


Sources:

Brien S, Lewith G, Walker AF, Middleton R, Prescott P, Bundy R. Bromelain as an adjunctive treatment for moderate-to-severe osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomized placebo-controlled pilot study. QJM. (2006) 99.12: 841-850.

Brien S, Lewith G, Walker A, Hicks SM, Middleton D. Bromelain as a Treatment for Osteoarthritis: a Review of Clinical Studies. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. (2004) 1.3: 251-257.

Updated: November 30, 2007


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