Creatine side effects
The 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!