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Last updated on June 26, 2019.

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GENERIC NAME: Glucosamine 


COMMON BRANDS IN HONG KONG: BF-Glucosamine, Blackmores Glucosamine 1500, Cosamine Powder, Glucosamine Jamieson, Hovid Cosamine, MarinEx Jointmate Glucosamine Sulphate, Viatril-S 維固力, Vorifend 

What is Glucosamine for?

Glucosamine is a medicine that helps to rebuild cartilage and hence it can be used to relieve mild to moderate osteoarthritis. 

How to use it?

Glucosamine can be taken orally as Glucosamine tablets, effervescent tablets or capsules. The adult dosage for these forms is 1250 mg once daily, as a single dose or in 2 divided doses.  It can also be taken orally as Glucosamine Sulphate tablets or solution. The adult dosage for these forms is 1500 mg once daily, as a single dose or in 2-3 divided doses. If you have no improvement after taking Glucosamine for 2-3 months, tell you doctor to review your treatment. 

What are the side effects of Glucosamine?

Common side effects of Glucosamine include constipation, diarrhoea, gastrointestinal discomfort, headache, and nausea. 

Where to buy Glucosamine in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Glucosamine is an over-the-counter medicine and can be purchased without a prescription from any retail outlet in Hong Kong. This includes grocery stores, convenience stores, medicine shops, and pharmacies. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.  

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

For detailed information about the use of Glucosamine in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.