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how much creatine is to much?

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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Huh?: Unsure what you mean? Creatine is a supplement used for muscle building during exercise. Everyone is different regarding the safety of this supplement. It can affect your kidneys so speak with your doctor to make sure if ok for you.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Creatine.: Creatine in doses of 1000 to 5000mg daily has been shown to increase muscle mass, muscle size and muscle energy stores. Creatine must be taken with lots of water throughout the day, and doses must not exceed 5000mg daily to avoid impairment of kidney function. The dose can be taken all at once, preferably after exercise to facilitate ATP store replenishment in the muscles after exercise.

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A 18-year-old member asked:

Is it bad to take creatine at a younger age?

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Dr. Elie El-Charabaty
Nephrology and Dialysis 9 years experience
Not sure: Studies are very inconsistent on creatine intake especially in young athletes going to the gym. While a study done in 2005 by pline et al showed no effect on kidney function, creatine role and influence in elderly and people with impaired kidney function is still unknown. I personally do not recommend it to my patients
A 20-year-old member asked:

What are some negative effects of creatine ?

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Dr. James Eitner
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Generally, Few: Creatine can cause an increase in water weight. It has been associated with stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and muscle cramping. There is some concern that it could harm the kidney, liver, or heart function. Drink extra water. If you are taking creatine, don't exercise in the heat. It might cause you to become dehydrated. Do not use if you have kidney disease, diabetes, or may be pregnant.
Dr. Oscar Vazquez
Orthopedic Surgery 18 years experience
Agree, key is hydration.
Mar 1, 2012
Dr. Adrian Rawlinson
Sports Medicine 38 years experience
April 16, 2015 -- Men who use muscle-building supplements containing creatine or androstenedione may have a higher risk of getting testicular cancer, according to a study published online in the British Journal of Cancer.
Dec 1, 2016
A 50-year-old member asked:

How much does creatine improve lifting?

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Dr. Stuart Winkler
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Creatine: There have been studies showin increased muscle mass and strength with creatine. In doses of greater thatn 3 grams per day significant side effects have been described. Do not take more than this. Also creatine is brocken down to formaldehyde the same stuff used to embalm a body. Nobody knows what long term usage does.
A 52-year-old female asked:

What does 1.43 creatine level mean? I'm)

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Renal or Kidney role: Hi a creatine level at 1.43 would represent what we call 'renal insufficiency syndrome'. It could be that your kidneys are under strain and are not cleaning the blood of all of the toxins that it should. It could mean your kidneys are beginning to fail. If you do not have a relationship with the appropriate health care provider to protect your kidneys and treat the underlying disease get one!
A 50-year-old member asked:

How much creatine is healthy for you?

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Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Controversial!: Talk to your md before taking creatine or creatine supplements . Creatine use in high school and college athletes( esp. Football and track )has increased tremendously in the past 15 -20 years.Some studies suggest increase performance w/ creatine use in short, " burst" type activities such as sprinting.They are" legal" by ncaa ; but cannot be dispensed by the college.Side effects?Cramping/wt. Gain.

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