Pharmacy: Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Melatonin, Coenzyme Q10, and Cranberry Supplementation

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About Course #Y8026

Start Date: July 27, 2017

Expiration Date: July 27, 2020

The dietary supplements discussed in this course are among the most popular in the United States, according to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (Clarke, Black, Stussman, Barnes, and Nahin, 2015). The combination of glucosamine and chondroitin was the second most popular dietary supplement choice for consumers. Glucosamine salts and chondroitin, individually and in combination, have been investigated extensively for prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis pain and disease progression. Results have been mixed, with the combination of glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate showing the most positive results. Some studies show equal effectiveness of this combination and NSAID therapy. After completing this course, the learner will be able to identify and monitor potential drug interactions.

Each of these supplements will be discussed individually and the course will provide the criteria for the effectiveness ratings used for the dietary supplements.

Universal Activity Number (UAN) - 0607-0000-17-002-H01-P

Type of Activity - Knowledge

Topic Designator - 01 - Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

Course Objectives

  • Identify the components of glucosamine, chondroitin, melatonin, coenzyme Q10, and cranberry responsible for their effectiveness.
  • Identify potential uses of glucosamine, chondroitin, melatonin, coenzyme Q10, and cranberry using the evidence for their effectiveness.
  • Explain common adverse effects and safety concerns when using glucosamine, chondroitin, melatonin, coenzyme Q10, and cranberry.
  • Identify practical considerations of glucosamine, chondroitin, melatonin, coenzyme Q10, and cranberry use to the education of patients using these products.
  • Compare the use of glucosamine, chondroitin, melatonin, coenzyme Q10, and cranberry to other products used for the same conditions.

About the Author

Peggy Piascik, PhD, RPh, received her bachelor of science degree in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University (ONU) and a PhD in Pharmacology from the Ohio State University (OSU) College of Pharmacy. She is a professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy (UKCOP). Dr. Piascik speaks at continuing education conferences on the topics of new drugs, dietary supplements, and personalized medicine. She teaches a problem-based elective course in the area of herbal and dietary supplements and co-coordinates an elective course in behavior modification coaching.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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