1. WHEN SHOULD I USE STRUCTUM 500 mg, capsule?
This medicine contains chondroitin sulphate. STRUCTUM is an anti-arthritis drug. Osteoarthritis is a disease caused by wear and tear of cartilage.
STRUCTUM is used in adults (over 15 years of age) for the treatment of pain and functional discomfort in osteoarthritis of the knee and hip. This drug has a slow onset of action, delayed by about 2 months, and its effect may persist after treatment has been discontinued.
2. Information you should know before taking structum 500 mg, capsule
List of information needed before taking the drug: Not applicable.
Never use STRUCTUM:
- - If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to the active substance (chondroitin) or to any of the components contained in this medicine. For a list of ingredients, see section 6.
- - In children under 15 years of age.
Precautions for use; special warnings: Not applicable.
Interactions with other medicines
Taking or using other medicines:
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have recently taken any other medicine, even if it is a medicine obtained without a prescription.
Interactions with food and drink: Not applicable.
Interactions with herbal products or alternative therapies: Not applicable.
Pregnancy and Nursing
The use of this medication is not recommended during pregnancy and lactation unless otherwise advised by your doctor.
If you discover that you are pregnant during treatment, consult your doctor as soon as possible: only your doctor can adapt the treatment to your condition.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medication.
Sportsmen: Not applicable.
Effects on ability to drive or use machines: Not applicable.
List of excipients with a known effect: Not applicable.
3. HOW TO TAKE STRUCTUM 500 mg, capsule?
Instructions for proper use: Not applicable.
Dosage, Method and/or route(s) of administration, Frequency of administration and Duration of treatment
For adults only (over 15 years of age).
To be taken orally.
The capsules should be swallowed as they are with a large glass of water.
1 capsule at 500 mg, twice a day or 1 g per day.
Symptoms and instructions in case of overdose
If you have taken more STRUCTUM 500 mg, capsule than you should have
Consult your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Instructions in case of missed dose(s)
If you forget to take STRUCTUM 500 mg, capsule:
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you forgot to take.
Risk of withdrawal syndrome: Not applicable
4. WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS?
Description of side effects
Like all medicines, STRUCTUM 500 mg, capsule is likely to have side effects, although not everyone is susceptible.
- - Allergic skin reactions such as redness, hives, eczema, rash, whether or not associated with itching and/or swelling, may occur.
In this case, you should immediately stop the treatment and inform your doctor.
- - During treatment, it is possible that digestive problems such as nausea and vomiting may occur.
In all these cases, you should inform your doctor.
If you notice any side effects not mentioned in this leaflet, or if any side effects become serious, please inform your doctor or pharmacist.
5. HOW DO I USE STRUCTUM 500 mg, capsule?
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Expiry date: Do not use after the expiry date on the box.
The expiry date refers to the last day of the month.
Storage conditions: Store at a temperature not exceeding 25°C.
If necessary, warnings against certain visible signs of deterioration
Do not use STRUCTUM 500 mg, capsule, if you notice any visible signs of deterioration of the product.
Do not dispose of any medication down the drain or in your regular garbage. Ask your pharmacist to dispose of any medication you no longer use. This will help protect the environment.
6. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Full list of active ingredients and excipients
What does STRUCTUM 500 mg, capsule contain?
The active substance is:
Chondroitin sulphate sodium ....................................................................................................... 500 mg
For 1 capsule.
The other ingredients are:
Capsule shell composition: gelatin, titanium dioxide, indigotine.
Pharmaceutical form and content
What is STRUCTUM 500 mg, capsule and what does it contain?
STRUCTUM 500 mg, capsule is presented in capsule form.
Box of 40, 60, 120 or 180 capsules.
Name and address of the marketing authorisation holder and of the manufacturing authorisation holder responsible for batch release, if different
PIERRE FABRE MEDICAMENT
45 PLACE ABEL GANCE
92654 BOULOGNE CEDEX