Should an individual seek medical advice prior to taking joint supplements?

It’s important to always seek medical advice before taking any kind of supplements, including those for joints, according to the Food and Drug AdministrationOff Site Icon (FDA).

Because dietary supplements are considered food by the FDA rather than medication, they are not regulated the same way medicine would be.

Supplements can have negative interactions with some medications, so it’s important to talk to your doctor about which supplements could be safe for you to use and which ones to avoid, according to the FDA.

Talking with your physician first also can help keep you from wasting time and money on supplements that claim to help your joints but that don’t seem to actually work well, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsOff Site Icon (AAOS).

If you are considering taking a supplement for joint pain, talk with your doctor first.

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