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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can creatine cause kidney failure?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
Nephrology and Dialysis 10 years experience
Rare but mimics: Creatine may increase urea and creatinine even without kidney failure. In some. There are some rare conditions, creatine can cause kidney problems or metabolic problems. It is always advisable to check with a doctor before consuming creatine.
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 46 years experience
Side Effects: Ingesting creatinine causes water to be pulled into cells and when taken without a whole bunch of water for rehydration could easily cause acute renal failure secondary to loss of circulating blood volume to the kidneys. The key here to creatine use is also taking in large valumes of water to avoid side effects. If you have abnormal kidney function already, i would not recommend taking creatine.
Dr. Veeraish Chauhan
Nephrology and Dialysis 15 years experience
Possible : By itself, creatine is usually not toxic, and is actually a naturally occurring substance in the human body. However, it is known to cause inflammation in the kidney sometimes (interstitial nephritis) and is best avoided by people who have preexisting kidney damage. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/creatine/ns_patient-creatine/dsection=safety.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What causes kidney failure?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Many things: Kidney failure can be from problems before, within and after the kidneys(pre-, intrinsic, post-renal failure).Dehydration or poor blood flow from heart problems, blockage from prostate or urinary flow problems, and many things within the kidney. Infection can do it, too. Diseases such as diabetes and hypertension are main causes, as are medications.
Last updated Apr 1, 2019


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