In this Article
- What other names is Creatine known by?
- What is Creatine?
- Is Creatine effective?
- How does Creatine work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Creatine.
Creatine causes muscles to draw water from the rest of your body. Be sure to drink extra water to make up for this. Also, if you are taking creatine, don't exercise in the heat. It might cause you to become dehydrated.
Many people who use creatine gain weight. This is because creatine causes the muscles to hold water, not because it actually builds muscle.
There is some concern that combining creatine with caffeine and the herb ephedra (also called Ma Huang) might increase the chance of having serious side effects such as stroke.
There is concern that creatine might cause heart arrhythmia in some people. But more information is needed to know if creatine can cause this problem.
There is concern that creatine might cause a skin condition called pigmented purpuric dermatosis in some people. But more information is needed to know if creatine can cause this problem.
Do not use creatine if:
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- You have kidney disease.
- You have diabetes, because you might have a higher chance of developing kidney disease.
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