IngredientsShark Cartilage 3 g Magnesium Stearate .2%DirectionsRecommended 12 capsules per day until three bottles are empty, otherwise warranty is voided. Don't make up your own system based on your speculations. Recommendation is based on EXPERIENCE and should be followed, if you want to achieve less pain or no pain within a few weeks. If you are taking medication right now, keep on taking your medication. Once you have achieved less pain or no pain by taking shark cartilage, it will be easy for your to make the right decision.