Common side effects of Osteo Bi-Flex may include nausea, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain and gas, says Drugs.com. Other side effects include bloating, hair loss and puffy eyelids. Patients with an allergy to Osteo Bi-Flex may experience difficulty breathing, hives and swelling of the tongue, throat, lips or face. Those who experience abnormal heartbeats and swelling in the legs should stop using this medication and contact a health care provider.
Patients who are allergic to glucosamine and chondroitin should avoid using Osteo Bi-Flex, states Drugs.com. Those suffering from diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, bleeding disorders or prostate cancer should consult a doctor about the safety of using this product. Pregnant women must not take this drug before seeking a doctor's advice, because it is unknown whether it can harm an unborn baby. Osteo Bi-Flex passes into the milk of a breastfeeding woman and may affect the baby.
To avoid potential side effects, it is necessary to use Osteo Bi-Flex as directed by a doctor or on the package, states Drugs.com. It is inadvisable to take formulations of glucosamine and chondroitin together without consulting a physician. Patients who are scheduled for dental work or surgery should stop using this product two weeks before the procedure. Those using cancer medications should not take Osteo Bi-Flex without a doctor's permission.