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Can creatine cause kidney failure or not?

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Dr. Veeraish Chauhan
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Veeraish Chauhan
Dr. Veeraish Chauhan
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Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatrics - Nephrology & Dialysis

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Fred McCurdy
Dr. Fred McCurdy
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