Creatine Dangers – Can Creatine harm Your Body?

creatine_powder.jpgToday I’m going to talk about the creatine dangers, or should I say, extremely rare but possible dangers. Creatine is one of those supplements that most people know very little about, this leads to wild accusations and claims being made about it. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out this creatine myths post and you’ll get it.

Creatine is one of the most widely used supplements in sports all around the world today. From 1996, it has been one of the most (if not the most) used supplement at the Olympic games. Such wide use has lead to numerous scientific tests being carried out on creatine in a whole array or situations. In the early 1990′s little was known, but as of today creatine is one of the most understood sports supplements available.

You have to understand that creatine is a 100% natural product. It’s found in oily fish and red meats. The problem is, that it’s in such small quantities and is destroyed when you cook food. For example, a 1lb beef steak has around 1 gram of creatine. Almost all of this is lost when you cook it. So you would have to eat 5lbs of raw beef steaks to get as much creatine as you can get from 1 teaspoon of creatine supplements.

Are there any creatine dangers?

Yes, there are a few creatine dangers that need to be discussed. The first danger is with pre existing medical conditions and medications. For me, this is common sense. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or are on any medication you should seek professional advise before taking any form of creatine (or any supplements for that matter!). There is a chance that increasing your creatine levels may effect your condition. This is extremely rare, but it’s always good to be sure.

Secondly, creatine has been known to cause dehydration. Dehydration can lead to a whole array or problems, from headaches to crystals forming in your liver. You must be aware that you do need to increase your water intake when you take creatine. Athletes should already have a much higher water consumption that your average Joe six pack, this amount will need to increase again when taking creatine. Generally, this is nothing to worry about…you might need to drink an extra glass or two of water per day. Some people may experience more dehydration than others. If you do feel dehydrated when taking creatine, drink water immediately.

The other possible negative effect from creatine that I want to mention is bloating. Some people will experience bloating when taking creatine monohydrate. If this is you, you can take another form of creatine called creatine ethyl ester which is slightly more expensive but is reported to absorb better, meaning dose is lower and you do not feel the effects of bloating.

To sum up…

Creatine is a natural product that has little or no negative effects on the body. There are really no such thing as “creatine dangers”, unless you’re taking medication or have a pre existing medical condition.

If you have any questions about the dangers of creatine please leave them in the comments below.

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48 Responses to “Creatine Dangers – Can Creatine harm Your Body?”

  1. Posted by virginia on August 11th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    so if you dont drink water at all and i drink creatine everyday can it harm me and if i have chest pains should i stop taking creatine?

  2. Posted by Colombos on December 17th, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Hi, someone offered me to use creatine because I’m skinny and I’m doing a lot of sports (3hours/day) and it could really improve my preformances (I need it for scouters), my questions to you are:
    1. When will I start seeing results?
    2. Any tiredness affects? because I have a lack of IRON in my blod and I’m taking pills containing iron.
    3. Should I use it? do you recomend it?

  3. Posted by admin on December 18th, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    You should see results within about 3 weeks from starting to take it. You shouldn’t feel any tired effects from it. Creatine is recommended for size and strength gains

  4. Posted by Robert Davis on February 7th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    I am 50 and experience extremely great results from creatine. My photos would stunn you for 50 years of age. I am concerned about liver and kidneys. I want to continue but I am aprehensive due to hype. Can you assist here?

  5. Posted by Mom on May 6th, 2009 at 12:20 am

    My son is 16 years old, he is 6ft tall and weighs 61kg.
    He plays a lot of sport and does gym but feels he is too light and would like to gain more muscle.
    How safe is it for a growing boy to use Creatine.
    If it is safe what dose should he take?

  6. Posted by russell on June 6th, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Hi there , im am 16 year old going on 17 , i am going to buy a protein that has a lot of calories and carb , and some creatine in it. Will it make any danger to me?

    Thanks!

    Russell

  7. Posted by isaac on July 2nd, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    some 1 told me that taking creatin will damaging my kidneys and my muscles will be soft and filled with fluid,,, is this true??? please help me

  8. Posted by RALPH on October 12th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    I AM 69 YRS. OLD, & I WORK OUT VERY HARD. SEVERAL SETS OF CRUNCHES PER DAY ( 100 PER SET ) TOTALLING A 1,000 TO 2000 OR MORE. SEVERAL SETS OF PUSHUPS AT LEAST A 110 PER SET TOTALLING “AT LEAST” 1,100 PER DAY.. MANY, MANY, CURLS, ETC. ETC. I HAD A BUNCH OF HEART TESTS DONE BY A CARDIOLOGIST ON ME LAST MONTH. I TOLD HIM HOW I WORKED OUT & ASKED HIM IF IT WAS O. K. HE SAID IT WAS. HE DID SAY THAT MY HEART WAS MODERATELY ENLARGED. MY QUESTION IS; BECAUSE CREATINE ENLARGES MUSCLES & MY HEART IS A MUSCLE, WILL IT ALSO ENLARGE MY HEART EVEN MORE? ( FOR THAT MATTER; WILL IT EVEN TEND TO MAKE ANYONES HEART TO BE MORE ENLARGED BY USING IT? ) I FULLY ENTEND TO USE IT ANYWAY; BUT I WOULD LIKE TO GET YOUR OPINION. P. S. I USED TO POWER LIFT WHEN I WAS YOUNGER & HAD NO PROBLEM LIFTING VARIOUS FULL SIZE CARS. ( HAVE HAD SOME INJURIES DUE TO THIS THOUGH. ) RUPTURED BICEPT TENDONS, ETC. I NEVER HAD ANY SURGURIES OR REPAIRS FOR ANY OF MY INJURIES. I OVERCAME THE INGURIES BY EXERCISING. I’M STRONGER NOW THAN I EVER WAS, BUT I NO LONGER ATTEMPT POWER LIFTING ANYMORE. I JUST WANT TO GET MORE DEFINITION & LARGER MUSCLES WITHOUT HAVING TO LIFT THAT HEAVY. IT’ BEEN A LONG HARD TRIP GETTING BACK TO WHERE I WAS, & FROM WHAT I’VE HEARD ABOUT CREATINE I’M THINKING THIS IS THE BEST WAY FOR ME ACCOMPLISH MY GOALS IN THE SHORTEST TIME. ( ALSO EASIER. ) MY METHOD NOW IS MANY, MANY REPETIONS OF VARIOUS EXERCISES. THANKS, RALPH

  9. Posted by STINK ROD on March 4th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    After taking creatine for a month should you stop for a amount of time so your body doesnt stop producing it?

  10. Posted by john on June 17th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    if i have hi iorn is creatine bad to take

  11. Posted by Thai on August 1st, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    you can start taking creatine at the age of 16-18 recommended 18 because your body is still growing and shouldnt start lifting weights under the age of 18. For older people who think it would dmanage there liver and kidneys, drink water eat right, drink less alcohol you be fine, im no doctor or anything but i have experience from taking alot of supplements and noting on how they react. and yes you should cycle the creatine, say 1 month on 2 weeks of, or else your body will get use to it and you need more of a dose, or like me doesnt matter how much u take doesnt effect you no more.

  12. Posted by frankie on August 4th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Hey I’m 16 going on 17 I’m about 164 pounds and I been lifting for about two years or so I used to take a protein drink were it’d just bulked you up now I’m about to take another protein drink with about 3grams of creotein give or take, the only thing is I’m taking testastrone shots along with it for hormones, would taking this protein drink kill me or be dangerous to my health

  13. Posted by peter welsh on August 22nd, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    creatine is often linked to a dangerous medical condition called compartment syndrome (occurs most often in the forearm and lower legs- i myself have experienced it). during intense workouts (esp if dehydrated) muscle breakdown can occus and the release of creatine kinase can damage the liver and surrounding muscle tissue. symptoms include ‘pins and needles’ sensation, muscle pain and/or paralysis’, bloating of the affected area, and long term muscle or nerve damage can result. it is a serious condition in some cases. creatine (among other culprits) has been indicated in this

  14. Posted by grant on November 15th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    read about Travis Starkovich and his creatine story before you take it. it’s an example of how things creatine can lodge in your system without you being aware, then your body goes haywire. He was taking the recommended 5g dosage. Be aware of what you may potentially be putting in your body.

  15. Posted by Buster1 on November 28th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    My 19 year old son plays college basketball. Strength and weight are important in his performance. He takes vitamin supplements, to help feed his body , joint supplements, and chlorophyl to clear his body of free radicals. Does this increase his chances of side effects from creatin as he is considering using this supplement to bulk up. He is 6ft4 200lbs.

  16. Posted by jaison james on December 3rd, 2010 at 9:50 am

    CAN I KNOW WHAT IS THE SMALL CRYSTAL OR GLASS LIKE PIECE FOUND IN CREATINE IT DOES NOT DIOLUTE IN WATER IS IT IN ALL KIND OF CREATINE,

  17. Posted by tyler7 on January 2nd, 2011 at 10:04 am

    hey man.i’m tyler,i’m 16 and i just bought some creatine monohydrate for myself since i work out 4 times a week.
    i am really consired that creatine will have a negative effect on me because of my age.
    the person i got it from said no one should take if he|she is under 18.
    is this correcT?

  18. Posted by Lorenzo on January 10th, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I am 16 years old. i am taking creatine, but only one scope daily, i have no medical problems.. before i drink the creatine i have a bottle of water before and after it… is it ok for me to be taking creatine..

    thnx

  19. Posted by Dave on January 12th, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Hello, I’m 20, I have a strong background in Nutrition and Cell biology. I am starting to use Creatine Monohydrate but before I do I want to do my research on it.
    My Question is this, Does Creatine effect Migraines or Asthma?

  20. Posted by Potter on March 28th, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    haha, the 69 year old doesn’t know how to work caps lock

  21. Posted by D Sho on April 5th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Guys, Creatine is like any other supplement known to man. Take it right and it’s safe and effective. And by take it right, I mean research it. Drink water, stay hydrated and you’ll be fine. Yes it can be dangerous if you don’t drink water with it, and take it for like 10 years straight. Get a clue. I used creatine about 10 years back for a full year. No bad side effects at all. Just muscle gain. Take protein with it, give your body a chance to rest in between workouts. Case closed

  22. Posted by brian on April 17th, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Hey, im 15, and im starting on creatine champion nutrition. I am an athlete and im trying to gain weight but i am worried about the factor of dehydration, and how hard creatine is on your kidneys. Should i be concerned?

  23. Posted by John on April 29th, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Ok guys….here’s the deal with creatine. First of all, if you are worried about liver and kidney damage…..don’t be. You should cycle creatine, just like any other supplement, around 4 months on, 1 month off….give your body time to adjust to the normal levels of creatine your body produces naturally. Second of all, if you are worried about bloating…take creatine ethyl ester, it minimizes the bloating and absorbs better in your body. Also, as far as bloating goes, you need to eat right too, if you don’t want bloating, eat lean meats…you can’t expect to gain lean muscle if your eating hamburgers and fries everyday….”you are what you eat” I have taken creatine since I was 13, I am now 27. I am an active bodybuilder and get my levels checked regularly. Creatine is NOT harmful to you, but like I said…CYCLE IT…

  24. Posted by John on April 29th, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Oh…and water, water, water, water….etc. you will not dehydrate if you drink enough water….

  25. Posted by Sonny-Bill on June 26th, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I’m assuming you have lots of experience in the body building sector, what would you say about Whey protein? and its effects on the body

  26. Posted by Vinu on September 29th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I have psoriasis desease.I have interest to have creatine powder for gaining stronger muscles. So it may affect my body ???

  27. Posted by simon on October 3rd, 2011 at 5:10 am

    I am 48 years old and have cycled both types of creatine with the same results every time. While on creatine I see steady rises in the weight im lifting and definate endurance improvememnts.I find myself very thirsty at night no matter how much I hydrate during the day and after a few weeks any fat on my body looks looser and watery. When I come off creatine the weights I can lift will lower slightly and after a couple of weeks the watery look on my body goes away. For me the increases in strength make the side effects worthwhile. I cylce 2 months on and one month off – It seems that different people at my gym react differently as well – some do not bloat but most say they feel tired while taking creatine

  28. Posted by Sam on October 3rd, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I am 17 years old and i am trying to gain muscle and mass. I was wondering what type of creatine pill i should get since there are a few different kinds and how many pills i should take so its safe. I weight 160 pounds and i am 5’11 and play baseball. Thanks!

  29. Posted by Kyle on October 9th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Since the heart is a muscle does creatine affect my heart since creatine puts water in your muscles?

  30. Posted by Hanco on October 10th, 2011 at 5:41 am

    Oi, I have history with my kidneys,Im 23, but the problem might have been out grown(No relapses of water held back for a couple of years)

    The creatine has not effected me badly in anyway yet and the result is phenomenal but Im just cautious…

    Could it have a bad effect on my kidneys?

  31. Posted by Abdul-Aziz on November 8th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Thank you very much for the explanation of dangers of creatine. A freind gave me beachbody creatine ,when took the first day , i dehydrated ,it happen anytime i take it so i stoped, what i should i do to continue or stop ? I want to be big too!

  32. Posted by DAVID DERKACH on November 9th, 2011 at 10:40 am

    i have epilepsy is it safe to take creatine with my meds

  33. Posted by Kham on January 16th, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Can you take creatine if you’re a hep b carrier?

  34. Posted by infused on January 18th, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Creatine is sweet. I’ve been taking it for two years now no problems. You need to cycle it. I do 12-14 weeks on, 4 weeks off.

    Like roids (not that I do them) if you cycle them, no problem. It’s when you start abusing them you will have issues.

    That guy that had issues, he was @ 2% body fat. I think something else was going on there, not just creatine.

  35. Posted by jason on January 24th, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I took creatine whilst doing martial arts about 15 years ago,i got good results from it.this stuff pushes you further but that can be a danger.

    just get to know your limits in pushing your body(torn muscle cause you went over the top) and you will be fine.
    i took it with grape juice only.I can say i have had no serious side efects.

    I have now started to cycle and run and do light weights so have started to take creatine again.I had amazing results before.

    I did not get bloating or stomach ache,i also had the correct time off from taking it.

    ie i did one month one month off.I think the people who have took creatine on here have given good advice.

  36. Posted by james22 on February 13th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I am 15 and I have taken creatine since I was 14. Before I started taking it I weighed 135lbs and could barely bench 115, I started using creatine this past august and by the middle of october I was benching 195 and I am a basketball player so I also did alot of stuff for my legs and with creatine I also increased my vertical by 4inches with this stuff in 1 month I can grab the rim.. so over all good weightlifting supplement.

  37. Posted by Trent on February 28th, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I am 13. I would like to gain some weigth because im 125lbs. I workout 6 hours a week & my max in benching is 135lbs. I want to gain muscle weight more when I workout. Would creatine hurt me any in the future.

  38. Posted by jonah ringel on March 7th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    HELP Hey guys I need help I am 31 yrs old and workout alot. I lift hard 4 times a week and lift light the other 3. I have always been in pretty good shape, and lifted on and off I started takeing muscle gain a month ago and my workout buddy told me we need to be takeing creatine too. I am on day 2 of it and both times I have taken it within 30 minutes i have gotten extremely tired and have had to lay down and basically crashedout for about an hr and a half. After my energy coms back. Is there something im doing wrong, or need to be doing? please help because i am excited to see what levels creatine could bring me to?

  39. Posted by Jay on March 20th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I will state right away, I was never a big/regular eater, and I don’t regularly take any supplements (not even a multivitamin).
    At 5’10.5″, my weight used to be 145 lbs, but has been 152 for the last decade. I do plan to get to 165 within the next two years, just by eating/drinking/resting properly.
    I did fool around with creatine for all of about a week, but never kept up.
    For those of you who don’t work out, haven’t worked out for a while, or who are fairly young (<25 years), you need proper nutrition (not Big Macs), proper hydration (not booze), and sleep (not video games until 5 am). You will see tremendous gains in strength and/or size if you train for what you want, simply because your body is built to respond to stress, and you have good recuperative abilities.
    Do you need any supplement? No. The bodybuilders of yesteryear achieved phenomenal results without supplementation, and if you are a weightlifter or other athlete, you can perform at the Olympic level by following an Olympic diet – which means staying away from most pills and powders, unless you are 150% sure that they won’t earn you a drug test positive result (let’s exclude the dopers and other cheats from the picture).

    As an example: I started weightlifting at around 31 years old for the first time (though I played sports since I was 5). My routine was 20 reps x 5 sets (pyramid up) for upper body (3 days), and lower body (2 alternate days). It didn’t take more than 3 months before I was squatting 235 lbs, BP’ing 150, Lat pull of 160+, curls/kickbacks/shoulder work in the 50+ lb per arm -ALL at 20 rep sets!!
    My eating and drinking and rest were not great – I was playing about 3 hours of basketball 5-6 times a week after my weights! My weight never changed, but I had some great endurance.

    I then moved to a more normal routine, out of Johnny Parker’s strength book – using the Collegiate routine (3×10 to 3×3 set/reps, moderate %Max increases over 8-11 weeks). First I learned to do modified Olympic lifts properly at no/low weight, then I set my goals (Maxes), calculated what I had to do, and started lifting.
    Within 3 months, the end of one cycle, I was Squatting 285, Deadlifting 295/305, doing hang cleans, overhead presses, single arm 75/80 lb presses, etc…(my bp didn’t move much, but I never cared for the bench press). My eating, drinking, basketball after every workout didn’t change…..nor did my weight. But in only 6 months I went from struggling with a 45 pound bar press (65 for the squat initially), to DL/Squatting twice my weight.
    That’s the power that your body has to adapt – if I had wanted the weight gain, adding the calories, liquids, and cutting back on the cardio would have helped.
    Everyone has a similar story – since I kept a diary, when I got disheartened at Week 9, all I had to do was look back to Week 1-3 to realize I was a monster compared to what I was, and that the “inability” to put on weight or size was pretty obvious when I added up all the hours of basketball, soccer, cycling, etc….
    Had I been taking protein powder or pills, I could have easily attributed any gains to them, but the reality is that if you correct your bad habits (diet, rest, goals/routine/diary), pills and powders will be unnecessary (Not talking about people who want to gain extreme bodyweight, shed bodyfat to 3%, and dehydrate to the point of having paper thin skin – along with tanning/toasting to a nice pre-melanoma state – if that’s your choice, then dump everything into your body, because your goal is to look as big and cut as possible; an early death is an acceptable risk)
    As it was, I attribute my tremendous strength gains to never going to sleep before 2 am, eating a huge pizza slice at 11:30 pm every day, and being severely dehydrated most nights!! The fact is, the positive gains were IN SPITE of, not because of these things.

    Your body does not need protein powder, vitamins, individual amino acids or synthesized chemicals – if it’s in whole foods, your body is probably equipped to obtain it from your food. In fact, your body is geared towards processing complex foods into simpler components, so dumping simple, refined chemicals into yourself is a great way to dump excess nutrients into your bloodstream and organs, placing them under stress/shock (and unlike your muscles and bones, your organs should be kept as stress free as possible).
    Supplementation is an attempt to compensate for a poor diet. As for creatine, stay hydrated like real athletes if you want water in your muscles (I know bodybuilders and football players who carry 4 L water jugs EVERYWHERE – a bathroom trip every hour, or less). Correct the bad habits, or accumulate additional health risks – would you
    round your spine and use your lats to compensate for weak glutes on the DL/Squat?? If you answered yes, then don’t worry about liver poisoning, renal shock, cardiac arrest – live fast, die young, be a beautiful corpse.
    (By the way, I get to see corpses in my work!)

  40. Posted by sipho on March 21st, 2012 at 4:10 am

    I am 15 I want to start using suppliments but I’m affraid of the fact that people say once you take suppliments your height stops growing is this true?

  41. Posted by Saimonas on March 25th, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Im almost of age 15 i started training at age of 11. but now i started it more seriuosly, i made diet i stoped eating sweet foods. and now im eating 6 times a day, every 3 hours porridge, chicken or meat. im waking up
    6 clock everyday doing 30 mins run and 1hour 30mins weight lifting. im going sleep about 10~11 clock my question is this is bad for me ? my weight is 54kg at the time and im 1.73m tall

  42. Posted by james on March 27th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    helloo,,im 20 years old ,,gonna be 21 ,,i suffer from scoliosis and epilepsy.does creatine have negative effect on these illness,?????

  43. Posted by Rene on March 30th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Hey, I’m 16 and growing, is it okay for me to take creatine?

  44. Posted by mitch on March 31st, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Hi i am 15 and highly involved in working out for sports and i am looking to build lots of muscle for football season in a couple months and am considering this. is it a bad idea for me to use creatine?

  45. Posted by kavish on April 4th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    hi i just bought a supplement which has a small dose of creatine , im 17 years old ,my body feels abit diffferent when i took it , im not sure if this is normal , please advise

  46. Posted by Jim on April 14th, 2012 at 4:16 am

    I am 21, I have been working out and lifting for about 2 years now and I am now wanting to take it to the next level in size and strength gains. I purchased Body Fortess Whey Protien from a nearby store because a friend of mine swears by it. It contains creatine and a number of other things i cannot remember how to spell. I am getting advice from my parents that this is probably not good for me…any thoughts?

  47. Posted by CJ on May 20th, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I have taken creatine for about a month now, i have experienced the pins and needles, the main thing is that creatine will push your body farther than it really should go, and your heart may feel some what of a weird way if you are maxing out, but i wouldnt be concerned, my suggestion is ask a doctor if your over 18 but if your under 18 they most likely will say dont take it “smart doctors” but creatine is not really dangerous.

  48. Posted by Pjk on October 7th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Hi I want an immidiate answer if it’s possible. I had fatty liver but I removed all the fat from my liver by exersising and eating healthier. So I want you to tell me if fatty liver could be listed as a pre medical condition or if it could be harmful for me to consume creapure creatine monohydrate?

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