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Creatine side effects

Creatine side effectsThe amino acid Creatine doesn't officially have too many negative side effects, apart from the fact that it can make you appear bloated due to increased water retention. Muscles can feel softer to the touch.
However, inofficially there have been reports of kidney stones and even renal failure as serious side effects of Creatine.
Since Creatine promotes water retention, the blood volume increases, which leads to an increased strain on the heart. The heart is a muscle and weakens due to the Creatine, while it has to pump more blood volume. This can cause an enlarged heart and/or an enlarged aorta.
A serious adverse side effect of Creatine is that it can cause liver failure. Creatine should not be taken for more than 2 weeks.
At least one person reported numb feet as a bad Creatine side effect. Bodybuilders recommend to take Creatine with glutamine to reduce the adverse effects, and drink plenty of water.
Creatine monohydrate side effects that are often mentioned are chest pain, supposedly related to the heart.
Short term side effects of Creatine include: bloating, nausea, cramps, muscle gain, shortness of breath and muscle tears.
Long term side effects of Creatine are kidney failure, acid Reflux and the body's natural creatine production will eventually diminish due to unnatural levels being maintained by Creatine supplementation.
There are rumors that Creatine monohydrate causes increased ureic acid concentration in the urine, causing gout. The rumors pertaining kidney problems associated with Creatine are too many to disregard and caution is advised!
Creatine Ethyl Ester may contain alcohol from the esterfication process. This may be the main cause of liver problems associated with Creatine.

This is our research on the alleged dangers of Creatine / adverse effects of Creatine and not medical advice!

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1.  Dang    Monday, November 21, 2011

I've been taking Assault muscle Pharm and I've notice lately I have sharp pains on the left side of my chest. I've never had any problems or pain like this before and my sister-in-law is a nurse, she told me to stop taking it. I honestly believe that if you are taking something that causes you pain, you should stop it. I don't recommend taking any creatine now.

2.  Dolly    Monday, December 19, 2011

I've been taking GNC's Amplified Creatine 189 for about 3 1/2 months, no loading, just 5gm maintenance dose, as I am older and concerned with loss of muscle mass. An orthopedic surgeon friend of mine suggested supplementing with creatine. I exercise regularly, 5 to 7 days per week, mainly cardio, with very little weights, but some. This past week I started having muscle and joint soreness, unrelated to anything, and it has continued to the point where I am sore all over and have a hard time with initial steps, walking, lifting anything, etc. I am even sore just laying in the bed at night. And if I turn over on my side, forget it...a killer. Once I get going, I can continue, but feel like I have been beaten all over and am having numbness and tingling in my extremities, particularly my hands (fingers). I really thought something awful was happening to me. After reading up on creatine and others' comments, I feel the creatine is causing these symptoms. I am a healthy eater and do take vitamins & supplements, so the only thing that has changed in my diet is the creatine. I will discontinue use for a month to see what happens. For those of you who say creatine has no effect on your body, I think every individual is different and it could have a negative effect on some of us. Maybe females, which I am, react differently?

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