- 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 also seems to increase strength and endurance in patients with heart failure and in people with various muscle diseases such as muscular dystrophy and similar conditions.
Some people try creatine for rheumatoid arthritis. But creatine does not seem to help for this use.
There isn't enough information to know if creatine is effective for other conditions people use it for, including: high cholesterol and conditions such as ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), Huntington's disease, and Parkinson's disease.
Possibly Effective for...
- Improving the athletic performance of young, healthy people during brief, high-intensity exercise such as sprinting. However, it does not seem to help highly trained athletes. It also does not seem to help increase muscle strength or body composition.
- Increasing strength and endurance in patients with heart failure.
- Increasing strength in people with muscle diseases such as muscular dystrophy.
- Slowing an eye disease called gyrate atrophy.
- Parkinson's disease. Creatine might slow the worsening of some symptoms in people with early Parkinson's disease.
Possibly Ineffective for...
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease).
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Muscle diseases such as polymyositis and dermatomyositis, high cholesterol, Huntington's disease, depression, and bipolar disorder.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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