The choice of medication depends on the pathology. “Arthra” is suitable for patients with osteoarthrosis of the spine and joints of the limbs. “Structum” is used in patients with osteochondrosis of the spine and osteoarthrosis.
For severe kidney diseases, only Structum is suitable. It should also be used for unexpressed pathologies of the kidneys, so as not to cause complications.
Both drugs are contraindicated in pregnant and lactating women, as they can cause severe side effects in the fetus and the baby.
As for the cost of medicines: the packaging of “Arthra” 60 tablets costs 1700-1900 rubles. This number of tablets is enough for a month of admission. Structum Capsules 60 pcs. 500 mg each. cost between 1400-1500 rubles. This amount is also enough for a month of treatment. Therefore, the second medicine is a little more profitable to buy.
It must be remembered that only a specialist should prescribe a therapeutic agent. Self-medication can lead to complications that are difficult to cure and the occurrence of side effects. Also, for the period of treatment, it is necessary to refuse to perform physical exercises so as not to burden the joint (except for therapeutic charging according to indications).
With destructive pathologies of the joints, treatment with chondroprotectors is required . These are special drugs designed to treat arthrosis and other diseases of the musculoskeletal system – they reduce the severity of diseases. The pharmaceutical market has more of these drugs, the most popular of which are Arthra and Structum.
Chondroprotective drug. It has a pronounced regenerative and chondroprotective effect. It also has some anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.
Active ingredients: glucosamine and chondroitin sodium sulfate.
Release form: tablets. There is also a capsule formulation called “Arthra Chondroitin”. It contains only chondroitin sulfate at 250, 500 and 750 mg.
The active ingredients of the drug stimulate the synthesis of the synovial membrane of the articular bag and maintain its viscosity, prevent further destruction of the cartilage and contribute to the restoration of the cartilage and articular membranes.
Indications for use : osteoarthritis of the joints and spine. It can be used at all stages of pathology.
Contraindications : intolerance to components, severe kidney damage, pregnancy and lactation, age younger than 15 years. Use with caution in diabetes mellitus, bronchial asthma, bleeding and tendency to them.
It is made in the USA. It is released without a prescription.
Chondroprotective drug. It has a regenerating, chondrostimulating and anti-inflammatory effect. Reduces the severity of degenerative changes in the structure of the cartilage of the joints, prevents further damage. Increases motor activity of joints, eliminates pain.
Active ingredient: chondroitin sulfate.
Release form: capsules.
Indications for use:
The tool can not be used with intolerance to the components, during pregnancy and breastfeeding, at the age of under 15 years. Use with caution in bleeding and tendency to them.
It is made in France. It is released without a prescription.
Both medicines belong to the same pharmacological group – chondroprotectors. They have the following effect:
- Reduce the severity of degenerative-dystrophic changes in the cartilage and joints and prevent further destruction.
- Promote the regeneration of damaged tissues.
- Stimulate the synthesis of the synovial membrane of the articular bag and maintain its viscosity.
- They have some anti-inflammatory effect, reduce the need for NSAIDs.
- Reduce pain.
- Increase motor activity of the joints.
All of these properties are due to the content of chondroitin sodium sulfate in the preparations. This substance is found in both remedies. But “Artra” has in its composition the second active substance – glucosamine, which has an additional stimulating, anti-inflammatory and protective effect. Each Arthra tablet contains 500 mg of glucosamine and 500 mg of chondroitin sulfate.
The first medication is available in the form of tablets, the second in the form of capsules. Structum capsules are available in 500 and 250 mg each.
“Arthra” is intended for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the joints and spine of I-III degree. Structum is used in the treatment of osteoarthritis and osteochondrosis. Both funds are dispensed without a prescription.
If we compare the contraindications, then, despite the similar active ingredients and effect, they are different for medicines:
|· Intolerance to components.
Severe kidney disease.
· Age to 15 years.
Use with caution in diabetes mellitus, bronchial asthma, bleeding and a tendency to them.
|· Intolerance to components.
· Age to 15 years.
Use with caution in bleeding and tendency to them.
Both medicines have overseas production – “Arthra” is produced in the United States of America, and “Structum” in France.
“Arthra” can cause the following side effects: allergies, dizziness, digestive disorders (abdominal pain, nausea, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation). The second drug can cause nausea and vomiting, allergies.
Both medicines are used for a long time at least six months, since a stable therapeutic effect is achieved when taking the drug for at least 6 months. According to the doctor’s testimony, the course of treatment can be continued.
It is also worth noting that the medications are compatible with NSAIDs and glucocorticosteroids.