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No specific benefit: Creatine has been shown to possibly improve performance in short duration high intensity anaerobic efforts. Marfan's syndrome is a disorder of connective tissue--creatine might help you increase the number of reps or speed/power of a specific aerobic exercise but won't have any specific benefit related to underlying marfan's. ...Read more
Ok to take fish oil, protein powder, creatine and lift weights which will increase testosterone if I am suffering from hair loss and want to prevent it?
OK but won't help.: All of those things (or at least the weight lifting) will be good for your general health. Unfortunately, increasing testosterone won't affect hair loss, which has to do with the hormone receptors in the hair shafts themselves. The only proven hair loss preventatives are rogaine, (minoxidil) which is otc, and finasteride, a prescription med that your doctor can prescribe if you have no contraindications. ...Read more
Hi, I'm 36 years old, I'm prescribed aderall XR 120, wellbutrin (bupropion) 225 mg and ketamine. I take creatine, would creatine and ketamine be tough on kidneys?
Yes.: Creatine can cause muscle damage and can overload your kidneys causing acute renal failure. I also think your Adderall is excessive along with your wellbutrin, (bupropion) both used for adhd and this medications taking at these doses for long periods of time could also damage your liver. Please go back to your pcp and get checked. Be careful. ...Read more
Side effects: Creatine is a drug-enhancing performance supplement. Little studies done for the teens under age of 18. Side effects, especially when taking in excess: weight gain, anxiety, breathing difficulty, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, headache, kidney problems, nausea, vomiting, rash, stomach upset. Taking with other drugs: tylenol, (acetaminophen) caffeine, ephedra may increase side effect. ...Read more
My kidney area (or kidney) would sometimes pulse. I have used creatine but been off of it for about a year. I drink plenty of water. Causes?
More likely muscular: If by "kidney area" you mean mid-back to one side or the other, I would think that it is more likely that you're feeling symptoms related to the musculature of the back, e.g., muscle spasm, than due to the kidney. Kidney's can hurt, when swollen or inflamed, e.g., when infected, but this is less likely to be an intermittent problem. A simple urine test can rule out infection. ...Read more
Check with company: Creatine supplements are not regulated by the fda. You may find some reviews of various creatine supplements....Find one that also has analysis on what the supplements actually contain. Many supplements are full of other components outside of what you think you are buying (since they are not regulated). Check with your gym or a fitness magazine who has reviewed them as well. ...Read more
Hi I'm 17 and I'm a competitive swimmer sprinter, I recently did a blood work and the creatine kinase level was 470 u/l is that considered high?
Ck: It isn't unusual for ck to be elevated after vigorous workouts. ...Read more
Ekgs, xrays & blood works all normal. Have a lot of gas in the belly & lots of bubble movement under left rib cage and shortness of breathing at times. Taking prilosec. Is it due to creatine?
Gas entrapment: Gas entrapped in the left upper abdomen may be in the stomach or splenic flexure of the colon. If you can't expel the gas or break it up with drinking warm water or taking simethicone type agents by mouth, applying a hot water bottle to the abdomen may relieve the gaseous discomfort. Stopping the creatine supplement is the only way to find out if it's causing gas build up. Prilosec won't help gas. ...Read more
Arcalion safe: Arcalion or sulbutiamine is a derivative of thamine or vitamin B1. Its clinical efficacy is uncertain; it has been used to treat asthenia, chronic fatigue, memory loss and even erctile dysfunction. It is an over the counter drug and considered safe. Creatine is safe at doses of no more than 3 grams per day. I could not find any interaction or contraindication of using both drugs. ...Read more
Taking isotonic drink with creatine can be dangerous? I use isotonic drink 3times a week and toghether with creatine when ride montain bike. Extra power
You are doing just fine with your current regimen. No danger there.
Good luck from nyc. ...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
I had removed 3 years before one of kidney due to not working since birth. And my creatine level was normal till last test. Now it is 1.2, what I do to?
Impossible to say: There are too many factors that would determine this, not simply the creatinine number. There are many patients with a creatinine of 6 who do not yet require dialysis, as well as those with a lower number who do. This is something best discussed with your nephrologist. ...Read more