It pays to look around to find the dose of medicine or supplement that you are looking for. Rite Aid Pharmacy regularly carries their own brand of Glucosamine / Chondroitin in the 250 / 200 mg dose.
A number of years ago I had sore knees, and began taking Glucosamine / Chondroitin. It really seemed to be the thing that made the aching go away. I am a constant “victim” of overdosing, since I’m small, so I searched out the smallest dose possible to try. This was both because I don’t like to take much medication, and also because I wanted to keep the cost down.
The only place where I could regularly find the 250 / 200 mg capsules was a Rite Aid. After a few years, I stopped taking the pills, and my knees seemed to be fine. After the big hike this spring I was a bit achy again, so I decided to take another bottle. Off I went to Rite Aid, and they still carry this dose size, AND they were having a two-for-one sale on all supplements and vitamins. Can you beat that!
So by taking a low dose of the supplement and watching the sale flyers, I can keep this up for as long as I feel necessary without a very big expense. The bottle contains 60 capsules, or a 2 month supply for me, and I got double that for the price. Each capsule is somewhat large. If the higher doses are even larger, perhaps these would also be good for people who have trouble swallowing pills- they could take multiples of the lower dose.
When I stopped taking the Glucosamine / Chondroitin the first time, it was in response to reading that it really doesn’t do much for joints, which is in contrast to the advertising that says that it actually rebuilds cartilage. All I can say is that, imagined or real, it seemed to help my knees.
Since I don’t like taking unnecessary medication I will probably take these until they are gone (4 months) and then see how my knees are without it. Not bad for only a $10 expense.