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MSM can be found naturally in small amounts in grains, fruits and vegetables, and in humans. It is also available as supplements.
methylsulfonylmethane, dimethyl sulfone, sulfonylbismethane
How is this product usually used?
MSM is usually found in combination with supplements like glucosamine or chondroitin. It is taken orally (by mouth) usually with food, and it is available in different forms such as tablets and capsules.
The recommended dose of MSM is 1,500 mg to 6,000 mg per day, not exceeding 2,000 mg per single dose. MSM should be taken with food. It should not be taken before bed.
MSM needs to be used for at least 1 month to see beneficial effects.
Your health care provider may have recommended using this product in other ways. Contact a health care provider if you have questions.
What is this product used for?
MSM is used to help relieve joint pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee.
MSM has been shown to be beneficial for osteoarthritis when taken alone or with other ingredients.
Your health care provider may have recommended this product for other conditions. Contact a health care provider if you have questions.
What else should I be aware of?
MSM appears to be safe for most people when taken for a short period of time (3 months or less). Common side effects reported include diarrhea, nausea, bloating, and indigestion.
There are no known medications that interact with MSM.
If at any time your symptoms worsen, contact your health care provider.
Pregnant or breast-feeding people should consult a health care practitioner before using MSM.
Before taking any new medications, including natural health products, speak to your physician, pharmacist, or other health care provider. Tell your health care provider about any natural health products you may be taking.
- MSM. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.
- Health Canada. Licensed Natural Health Products. MSM (monograph). http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/monoReq.do?id=139
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