Health Guide

Shark cartilage

What is it?

Shark Cartilage is a dietary supplement used for arthritis, pain, redness and swelling (inflammation), cancer protection, and to treat skin wounds.

Other names for Shark Cartilage include: Chondroitin, Chondroitin Sulfate, Carticin, and Cartilade.

Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Before Using:

Tell your doctor if you

  • are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
  • are breastfeeding
  • have a history of depression, breast cancer, have pheochromocytoma, or ulcers
  • have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease


Talk with your caregiver about how much Shark Cartilage you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Shark Cartilage. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

To store this medicine:

Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.


  • Before taking Shark Cartilage, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Use Shark Cartilage with caution if you have liver disease (4)

Side Effects:

Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.

  • Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
  • Chest pain
  • Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin

Other Side Effects:

You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

  • Upset stomach, vomiting, or constipation (3)
  • Hepatitis (liver disease) (4)


1. Simone CB, Simone NL, Simone CB II et al: Shark cartilage for cancer (letter). Lancet 1998; 351(9113):1440.

2. Hunt TJ & Connelly JF: Shark cartilage for cancer treatment. Am J Health Syst Pharm 1995; 52(16):1756,1760.

3. Miller DR, Anderson GT, Stark JJ et al: Phase I/II trial of the safety and efficacy of shark cartilage in the treatment of advanced cancer. J Clin Oncol 1998; 16(11):3649-3655.

4. Fetrow CW & Avila JR: Professional's Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicines. Springhouse Corp, Springhouse, PA, USA; 1999: 595-598.

Last Updated: 7/4/2018
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