Ancillary therapy for degenerative diseases of the joints and spine (osteoarthritis, intervertebral osteochondrosis).
Composition and form of release
Structum is available in capsules for oral administration.
Chondroitin sodium sulfate is the main active ingredient, talc, indigo carmine, titanium dioxide, gelatin are part of the auxiliary substances.
Capsules of 500 mg are produced in blister packs of 12 pieces. One carton pack contains 5 such packs with capsules.
The medicine belongs to a group of medicines that are used in combination for the treatment and prevention of osteoarthritis and tendinopathies and many other joint diseases. The main active ingredient of the drug is the substance chondroitin, the basis of the tissues of bones and cartilage.
The action of Structum is aimed at maintaining and restoring cartilage tissue, preventing its degeneration.
The drug stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid and normalizes the viscosity of the synovial fluid, acts as an antioxidant and an enzyme, preventing the development of inflammatory processes.
Structum is well absorbed into the blood, starting to act actively within 4 hours after ingestion. It is excreted through the intestines.
Structum is prescribed as part of complex therapy for the treatment and prevention of diseases of the spine and joints, degenerative changes in the tissues of bones and cartilage, ligaments, synovial fluid, periarticular muscles.
The remedy is effective for osteoarthritis of various etiologies.
Individual intolerance or high sensitivity to the main component or to the components of the medication.
It is not prescribed and is not used to treat children under 15 years of age.
Application during pregnancy and lactation
Structum for the development of an intrauterine fetus and a woman in position has not been studied, therefore it is not prescribed for expectant mothers.
This drug is not recommended for women who are lactating. Otherwise, breastfeeding will have to be interrupted.
Method of administration and dosage
Structum capsules are intended for oral administration. The drug is taken internally, whole with a glass of water. In case of damage to the capsule shell or chewing, the drug changes its properties and the overall effectiveness of the treatment decreases.
Only a doctor can determine the dosage of the drug and the duration of treatment. It all depends on the course of the treatment process and the degree of tissue degeneration.
As a rule, Sruktum is drunk 1 capsule (500 mg) twice a day. As a result, the patient should take a daily dose of the drug no more than 1000 mg.
The preventive course of therapy involves other dosages, which will also be determined by the doctor individually.
The minimum course of complex medical therapy is 3 months. The maximum is six months. If it is necessary to repeat or consolidate the effect of treatment, after 2-5 months, repeat the course of taking the drug.
With a slight overdose of the drug, there is an increase in adverse reactions to Structum.
At significantly overestimated doses of Structum, urgent hospitalization and inpatient monitoring of the patient’s condition are indicated. In some cases, symptomatic treatment is carried out.
The medicine is mostly well accepted by patients, but especially sensitive people note discomfort in the stomach and intestines, nausea, sometimes vomiting, gastrointestinal tract disorders.
Particularly sensitive patients can observe the occurrence of allergic reactions in the form of eczema, urticaria, allergic dermatitis, skin rash, Quincke’s edema.
If a person taking the drug feels these effects, you should immediately stop taking the drug and urgently consult your doctor.
Storage conditions and periods
The capsules of the medication must be stored in their original packaging, transferred in a closed pack of the same original production and strictly adhere to the recommended temperature regime within 15 – 25 degrees Celsius.
If all the recommendations are followed, Structum is suitable for use for 3 years from the date of manufacture.