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Creatine

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jun 5, 2019.

What are other common names?

  • 2-[carbamimidoyl(methyl)amino]acetic acid
  • Cr
  • Creatin
  • Creatina
  • Creatine Anhydrous
  • Creatine Citrate
  • Creatine Ethyl Ester
  • Creatine Ethyl Ester HCl
  • Creatine Gluconate
  • Creatine Hydrochloride
  • Creatine Malate
  • Creatine Monohydrate
  • Creatine Phosphate
  • Creatine Pyroglutamate
  • Creatine Pyruvate
  • CrP
  • Créatine
  • Créatine Anhydre
  • Créatine Citrate
  • Créatine Ethyl Ester
  • Créatine Ethyl Ester HCl
  • Créatine Kré Alkaline
  • Créatine Malate
  • Créatine Monohydrate
  • Créatine Monohydratée
  • Créatine Pyroglutamate
  • Créatine Pyruvate
  • Di-Creatine Malate
  • Dicreatine Malate
  • Dicréatine Malate
  • Glycine
  • Kre-Alkalyn Pyruvate
  • Kreatin
  • Malate de Tricréatine
  • Methyl Guanidine-Acetic Acid
  • Methylguanidine Acetic Acid
  • Methylguanidine-Acetic Acid
  • N-(Aminoiminomethyl)-N Methyl Glycine
  • N-(aminoiminométhyl)-N-Méthyl
  • N-Amidinosarcosine
  • Phosphocreatine
  • Phosphocréatine
  • Tricreatine HCA
  • Tricreatine Malate
  • Tricréatine HCA
  • Tricréatine Malate
  • Éthyle Ester de Créatine

What is this product used for?

Creatine is used by some people to enhance their sports performance. Some use it to build muscle mass. Others use creatine to give them extra energy. Creatine may be used to help with muscle and nerve diseases like muscular dystrophy or Parkinson's. It is used by some people to treat problems such as heart failure, low mood, or bipolar disorder.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.

  • This product may interfere with some lab tests. Be sure to talk with your doctor about this and all drugs you are taking.

  • Drink extra fluids when taking creatine. Try to drink 8 to10 glasses of water each day. This may help keep you from having too much fluid loss. Use caution when exercising in the heat.

  • Do not take this product with products that have caffeine or ephedra.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Kidney problems

    • Liver problems

    • Heart problems

    • Diabetes

  • Keep hard candies, glucose tablets, liquid glucose, or juice on hand for low blood sugar.

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Stomach cramps

  • Weight gain

  • Muscle cramps

  • Dizziness

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Signs of fluid loss. These include dark-colored urine or no urine for more than 8 hours, dry mouth, cracked lips, dry skin, sunken eyes, lack of energy, feeling faint, or passing out.

  • Signs of low blood sugar. These include hunger, dizziness, shaking, a fast heartbeat, confusion, or sweating.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad belly pain

  • Very bad loose stools

Last Reviewed Date

2017-07-31

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