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Any Creatine Side Effects
Creatine: Many people are trying to build muscle faster and turning to supplements in a belief that they will help. Creatine can be dangerous because it could damage the kidneys especially if you get dehydrated. Several professional athletes have been hospitalized due to complications from creatine. Better to eat a high protein diet with a regular workout. Don't try to cheat by using supplements. ...Read more
Drink plenty of fluid while taking creatine. Although it has not been proven, dehydration, heat-related illnesses, muscle cramps, reduced blood volume, and electrolyte imbalances are expected to be more likely to occur while taking creatine.
Creatine has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of creatine may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination. ...Read more
Use appropriately : Creating is naturally found in the body and is important in the process of supplying the energy for muscles to work.When used appropriately, can be helpful in refueling the muscle immediately after a work out.However, one of the side effects is drawing water into the muscle tissue and out of circulation basically causing a relative dehydration.Muscle cramping, stomach cramping and nausea can occur. ...Read more
If i take creatine for a long time while i lift weights and then i leave my training. What are the side effects?
None: Your skin may be a bit stretched if you got really bit. Especially, whether or not you continue resistance training, i hope you'll continue to be aerobically active. Good luck. ...Read more
Dextrose: There is no need to take dextrose, sugars are in everything you eat. Creatine is just a weight builders hype. You spent a lot of money when you could have had a good steak instead. Eat and enjoy what your body needs to pound yourself to death the next day. I am an experienced marathoner and triathelete. ...Read more
As a female bodybuilder i would like to take creatine. Will it affect my moods and what are the negative side effects? What are the positives?
Yes and No:
Have a look at this article. It may help you decide...
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/buffmother1.htm. ...Read more
Heard that creatine reduces immunity.....Is it true? Also does creatine have any short term side effects as iam not planning to take it too long?
Side effects creatin:
Creatine is safe and used extensively, following side effects
1 dehydration it can cause your body to get dehydrated quicker than normal, which can be avoided by drinking extra fluids
2stomach discomfort and cramping in some and can be avoided as well by drinking plenty of water.
There is no evidence to suggest it reduces immunity. ...Read more
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One concern with continuous supplementation the body might decline in its ability to produce creatine on its own.
Another issue concerns the other ingredients that accompany creatine in various supplement products. You should compare labels of competing brands carefully to determine whether you feel comfortable with the other ingredients. ...Read more
Based capsule & creatine is a natural health supplement. Should there be any health problems or side effects?
I am trying to build muscle . Age-38. Can I take 2 g creatine per day wth no side effects? Is this dosage totally safe?
No harm No help:
Exercise plus a diet high in protein are the mainstays of increasing/maintaining healthy muscle bulk. Nutritional supplements (as sold in Health Food stores have NOT been shown to be useful with ANY scientifically based medical studies that I am aware of
Hope this helps
PS the dosage is safe but you are spending $$$ for nothing! ...Read more
Can creatine monohydrate helps in gaining weight? What are the side effects? How much should be taken?
Creating mono hydrate is mostly used to improve exercise performance and increase muscle mass . Many people who use creating gain weight because it causes the muscle to hold water.side effects include stomach pain ,nausea, diarrhea and muscle cramps. Using it with caffeine may increase chance of stroke. Should not be used by diabetics or kidney patients..Dose depends. Plenty of water needed.
Can you tell me if there are dangerous or unhealthy side effects of using creatine nitrate, specifically C4 extreme?
Hydration: There can be in under/de hydrated or used for long periods of time. ...Read more
Am male 29 & unmarried.Am not a body builder, just a fitness freak, planning to take creatine, will cause any sexual / general side effects in future?
Stay hydrated: A danger of creatine is kidney failure. Do not take more than directed and do not take the loading dose for a prolonged period. Stay hydrated! some baseball players were hospitalized from excess creatine use causing renal shutdown. Whey protein is generally safe but excess protein is also hard on the kidneys. Again drink plenty of water. ...Read more
Kidney problems: Whey protein is a milk derivative. If you are lactose intolerant this will not help you build muscle b/c it will lead to bloating and abdominal pain. If you have no lactose intolerance, it is a good source of protein. Men need about 1.2-1.7g/kg/daily of protein to help build muscle mass. Creatine builds muscle but with all protein you MUST drink alot of water since it is hard on the kidneys. ...Read more
Side effects of creatine monohydrate?is 5gm of creatine per day enough for me..am 19yr old and have thin body,i must build my body..my wt=60,ht=1.81m
I am taking 60 grams of whey protein with 5 g of creatine daily while going to gym.Does these supplements have any side effects?
Not usually: They are both "relatively" natural. Creatine is made in the body and passes into muscles where it is stored as creatine phosphate, a form of energy storage. It is lost from muscle and excreted in urine as creatinine. I do not know of any clinical trials that test whether your physical (and mental) capacity is improved. ...Read more
I take Depakote for my bipolar 2 disorder will taking a mix of creatine and arginine have any side effects?
Why: Not sure why you would be taking arginine and creatine. Frolic acid and omega 3 supplementation are helpful. Any combination of medications prescribed or otc should be used with caution. Make sure you tell your doctor about all therapeutic substances you are taking so they can help monitor your mood and/or control of seizures depending on why you are taking depakote. ...Read more
Does taking creatine for building muscle have side effects for a hepatitis b patient (17 yrs male)?
No: But it does not have much effect on muscle either. ...Read more
Yes: I agree with dr nguyen. We see many patients with elevation in blood creatinine (creatine is broken down to creatinine). This can suggest kidney dysfunction. It may also cause water retention. There is some sketchy evidence that it builds muscle mass, and make you stronger for short bursts, but most doctors feel the potential or real harm outweighs the benefit of taking creatine. ...Read more