What is Creatine supplement?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Creatine Monohydrate Pure Creatine Kre-Alkalyn creatine Show all

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Creatine is a nutraceutical. It occurs in the organs, muscles, and body fluids. It combines readily with phosphate to form phosphocreatine, which serves as a source of high-energy phosphate, released during the anaerobic phase of muscle contraction.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 155 46
General health 45 16
Parkinson's disease 30 9
Fatigue 16 4
Atrophy of upper body muscles 9 4
Loss of energy 7 4

Show all 33 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 8
Mild 10
None 76

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Creatine supplement

Side effect Patients Percentage
Nausea 5
Abdominal bloating 2
Weight gain 2
Body odor 1
Constipation 1
Dehydration 1

Show all 11 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Creatine supplement

Dosage Patients Percentage
5 g daily 2
1 other daily 1
3 g daily 1
5 mg daily 1
750 mg daily 1
1000 mg twice daily 1
2500 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Creatine supplement

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 78
Other 31
Personal research 13
Doctor's advice 12
Side effects too severe 11
Expense 9
Course of treatment ended 7
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 137 patients who've stopped taking Creatine supplement

Duration

Currently taking Creatine supplement

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Creatine supplement

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 30
6 months - 1 year 31
1 - 2 years 35
2 - 5 years 25
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 44
Usually 34
Sometimes 12
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 16
A little hard to take 25
Not at all hard to take 51
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 6
$25-49 10
< $25 35
Not specified 42

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Creatine supplement after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Montelukast (Singulair) 1
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17 patient evaluations for Creatine supplement

Nov 1, 2015 (Started Feb 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for atrophy of muscles)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Glutamate inhibitor)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 27, 2012 (Started Mar 03, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 g Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: nausea, abdominal bloating

May 16, 2011 (Started Mar 03, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 g Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: nausea, abdominal bloating

May 10, 2011 (Started Mar 03, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea, abdominal bloating)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 2.5 g Daily
Advice & Tips: I've been nauseous for a couple of weeks now, and wonder if it's the kre-alkalyne. i've ordered some pure creatine monohydrate, and will begin that when it gets in.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: nausea, abdominal bloating

Apr 29, 2011 (Started Mar 03, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 15 g Daily
Advice & Tips: I thought it was causing incontinence, but doctor didn't think so.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: nausea, abdominal bloating

Mar 24, 2011 (Started Mar 03, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 g Daily
Advice & Tips: I switched to buffered creatine (kre alkalyn), which is supposed to be easier to digest -- otherwise, about half of the creatine monohydrate is lost to stomach acids, and transformed to creatinine.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: nausea, abdominal bloating

  • 2 helpful marks

Apr 1, 2012 (Started Feb 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for weakness in hands)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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