U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Richmond, VA
A 62-year-old male asked:

What do you do when your creatinine level is elevated?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
ELEVATED CREATININE: If in blood you find that the creatinine level is elevated you try to find the cause of the abnormal test.It can be elevated due to dehydration you correct that by fluids .If it is elevated due to obtruction to the passage of urine correct that it comes down.But if is due to chronic condition like diabetes or high bp, then you try to control these to prevent further rise.If goes over 6dialysis.
Dr. Rajesh Boorgu
Nephrology and Dialysis 28 years experience
Check kidneys: Elevated creatinine is an indication of reduced kidney function. The causes of this could be many and should be evaluated.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Why do you ask?: If it's just from bodybuilding, ignore it. When I was lifting weights daily, I ran 1.6-1.8. Same applies if you've got a lot of muscle because you're overweight. Otherwise, get with your physician about why your kidneys may not be working to capacity. Very often it's meds -- ibuprofen is infamous. How's your BUN and urinalysis? Best wishes.

Similar questions

A 37-year-old member asked:

What can I do if my creatinine level is elevated a little bit what should I do about it?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kalyani Perumal
Nephrology and Dialysis 30 years experience
Depends: Normal serum creatinine ranges from 0.7- 1.5 mg /dl in many labs, however one should review the normal range in their lab report. Creatinine is a byproduct of muscle metabolism and is excreted by the kidneys. High serum creatinine generally indicate kidney damage.High levels can be seen in muscle damage, people who consume creatine supplements.Review the lab report with md.
Last updated Sep 19, 2016
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.