Ostenil® is a new agent approved by Health Canada for the relief of osteoarthritis symptoms. It can be used in the knee, or in any of the other joints in the body, such as the shoulder and hip.
Ostenil® is a solution containing hyaluronic
acid. It is injected into the space in the joint
that contains synovial fluid. This therapeutic
option is call Viscosupplementation. Ostenil®
works by restoring the normal balance between
the breakdown and production of hyaluronic
acid. This effect of Ostenil® means that it can
decrease pain and stiffness and improve the
other symptoms of osteoarthritis.
The hyaluronic acid in Ostenil® is very
pure and is manufactured using a
process called fermentation. It contains
no animal proteins, which means that
it is very unlikely to cause an allergic
reaction. Ostenil® has been given to
tens of thousands of patients and has
not been found to cause any serious
side effects. The exact make-up of the
hyaluronic acid in Ostenil has been
carefully chosen so that it is as effective
as possible in treating osteoarthritis.