What Are the Side Effects of Osteo-Flex?

The side effects of Osteo Bi-Flex include stomach pain, puffy eyelids, hair loss, nausea, constipation and bloating, states Drugs.com. Some people may experience signs of allergic reactions, such as swelling, difficulty breathing and hives. It is possible to have some side effects that have not yet been reported.

Patients using cancer medicine should not take Osteo Bi-Flex without seeking medical advice. People allergic to glucosamine and chondroitin should not take this drugs. Also, a person taking warfarin should avoid Osteo Bi-Flex, states Drugs.com. Those suffering from asthma, diabetes, prostate cancer, bleeding or blood clotting disorder and an allergy to shellfish should consult a doctor if it is safe for them to use this drug. It is not clear whether glucosamine and chondroitin can cause harm to an unborn baby. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should ask medical advice before using Osteo Bi-Flex.

Osteo Bi-Flex is a drug that has two components: chondroitin and glucosamine. Chondroitin is a natural substance made of sugar chains, and it helps the body to maintain flexibility and fluids in the joints. Glucosamine is a naturally occurring sugar protein found in fungus, bones, shellfish and bone marrow. It helps the body to build cartilage. This drug is used as a treatment for osteoarthritis pain, notes Drugs.com. It has other unproven uses, including treatment of heart disease, cataracts, high cholesterol and glaucoma.