Glyco-Flex® III Tablets
Joint Supplements (Small Animal)
Arthritis is the progressive destruction of joint cartilage and can cause pain, lameness, and reduced mobility in our pets. Joint Supplements provide basic support for joints and are commonly used in dogs and cats. They are adjunct treatments used to reduce the discomfort associated with arthritis and may help to slow down the progression of this degenerative joint disease. Joint Supplements are considered nutraceuticals or nutrients that provide a medical benefit. These products are given by mouth and are commonly available in the form of capsules, chewables, tablets, powders, and oral liquids.
WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT?Joint Supplements usually contain one, two, three, or more of the ingredients shown below:
- Glucosamine and chondroitin are derived from shellfish, shark or cattle cartilage which may promote cartilage synthesis and have mild anti-inflammatory properties
- Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) provides a natural source of sulfur which is an essential mineral that has claimed benefits for supporting and maintaining healthy joints
- Antioxidants are substances that can protect cells and reduce damage which may play role in assisting with arthritis management. Examples of antioxidants used in Joint Supplements include; bioflavonoids, grape seed extract, lipoic acid, selenium, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc
- Perna canaliculus, also known as the New Zealand green-lipped mussel, is a natural source of omega 3 fatty acids, glucosamine, and chondroitin which may play a role in reducing joint inflammation
- Avocado/Soybean Unsaponifiables (ASU) an ingredient obtained from avocados and soybeans which provides cartilage protection and improves joint function
- Creatine Monohydrate provides an energy source and may improve muscle strength
- Manganese is a mineral that may play a role in joint fluid production and may have antioxidant properties
- Omega 3 fatty acids such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and linolenic acid have the ability to reduce inflammation and the joint destruction associated with arthritis
- Turmeric is a common spice whose active ingredient, curcumin, has potential anti-inflammatory properties
- Phycocyanin is an extract from blue-green algae and may provide joint support by reducing inflammation and providing a source of antioxidants
- Yucca Root Powder is derived from a plant and may have mild anti-inflammatory properties
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING:
- To improve joint function, assist with mobility, and relieve pain associated with arthritis
- Recommended for the support of healthy joints
- Commonly used in combination with other medications for the management of arthritis
WHAT DOGS/CATS SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS PRODUCT?
- Joint Supplements are not a replacement for appropriate treatment when a joint infection is present or when surgery or joint immobilization is indicated
- Safety in breeding, pregnant, or nursing animals has not been established
- Caution is advised in pets with asthma-like conditions (human patients report increased asthma symptoms)
- Pets with a history of clotting disorders or pets currently taking anticoagulant medications
- Pets with a history of urinary tract stones, diabetes, or other medical conditions causing an increase in blood glucose levels
- Pets with a known hypersensitivity to shellfish
- Pets that have had an earlier allergic reaction to a similar product
Joint Supplements should be given according to your veterinarian’s instructions. Read and follow the product label carefully.
Many of these products do not have immediate results; they require long term usage. It is recommended that this supplement be given for as long as your veterinarian directs.
With the guidance of your veterinarian, experimentation with the dose may be necessary to achieve the best results for your pet. Further dose adjustments may be made based upon an assessment of how your pet is responding clinically.
It is ideal to give this supplement at the same time daily. Joint Supplements should be given either during or after a meal to avoid digestive upset.
Arthritic pets can benefit from weight control, proper exercise, and physical therapy.
Nutraceuticals are not regulated by the FDA. As such, they have not been required to go through the same rigorous testing for efficacy that drugs undergo. Many products on the market are high quality and are made by reputable companies. Consult with your veterinarian to choose the right product for your pet.
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Joint Supplements should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- These products are usually well tolerated and adverse reactions are uncommon at recommended doses
- Clinically insignificant decrease in platelet function (blood clotting)
- Stomach upset is possible, but usually mild and may include flatulence or soft bowel movements
- High doses could enhance the effects of anticoagulants
- Notify your veterinarian immediately if your pet experiences any adverse reactions to this product
CAN THIS PRODUCT BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Commonly used in combination with NSAIDs
- Joint Supplements should not be given with drugs that can influence platelet function or blood clotting (aspirin, heparin, and warfarin)
- Drugs other than those listed may also interact with Joint Supplements
- Do not give new food or medications without first talking to your veterinarian
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet receives more than the recommended amount.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING THIS PRODUCT?
Talk to your veterinarian about:
- The signs of arthritis you have observed
- The importance of weight control and exercise in the management of arthritis
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this supplement
- When your pet may need to be re-examined
- What are the risks and benefits of using this supplement
Tell your veterinarian about:
- If your pet has experienced side effects on other drugs/products
- If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies
- If your pet has experienced digestive upset now or ever
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet’s medications can be given together.
- If your pet is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed your pet in the near future
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your pet’s condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
As with all supplements, it should only be given to the pet for which it was recommended.
This is just a summary of information about Joint Supplements. If you have any questions or concerns about this product or for the condition it was recommended, please contact your veterinarian.