Chondrotitin is a natural component of cartilage tissue. Its structure provides a certain stability against compression and is essential for the cartilage mass of the joints.
Chondroitinsuflate enters the bloodstream via the gastrointestinal tract and is 90% metabolized into minor metabolites. Oral bioavailability is approximately 20%. It takes up to 6 months for maximum effect to be achieved. Plasma protein binding is very low, at only 0.23%. Chondroitin sulfate is not broken down by the liver. The exact mechanism of how this drug is metabolized has not been elucidated. The plasma half-life is approximately 15 hours. Chondroitin sulfate is excreted through the kidneys.