What is Creatine Monohydrate?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Jarrows Formulas Creatine Monohydrate Pure Creatine

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Creatine is an organic acid that is involved in energy use in the muscles. As a supplement, it is used by body builders to help put on muscle mass.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 144 41
General health 42 16
Parkinson's disease 27 9
Fatigue 16 4
Atrophy of upper body muscles 8 4
Improve flexibility/strength 6 3

Show all 30 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
Severe 1
Moderate 6
Mild 8
None 67

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Creatine Monohydrate

Side effect Patients
Nausea 3
Abdominal bloating 2
Weight gain 2
Constipation 1
Dehydration 1
Frequent urination 1

Show all 8 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Creatine Monohydrate

Dosage Patients
5 g daily 6
10 g daily 4
1 g daily 2
5 mg daily 2
daily 2
1 tps. m,w,f 1
1 tps. daily 1
750 mg daily 1
1,500 mg daily 1
2,500 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Creatine Monohydrate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 72
Other 29
Personal research 13
Doctor's advice 10
Expense 9
Side effects too severe 8
Course of treatment ended 7
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 128 patients who've stopped taking Creatine Monohydrate

Duration

Currently taking Creatine Monohydrate

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 2
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Creatine Monohydrate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 27
6 months - 1 year 30
1 - 2 years 34
2 - 5 years 23
5 - 10 years 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 37
Usually 30
Sometimes 11
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 14
A little hard to take 21
Not at all hard to take 44
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 6
$25-49 9
< $25 30
Not specified 35
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14 patient evaluations for Creatine Monohydrate

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: abdominal bloating, nausea

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: abdominal bloating, nausea

May 10, 2011 (Started Mar 03, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (abdominal bloating, nausea)
  • 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: abdominal bloating, nausea

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: abdominal bloating, nausea

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: abdominal bloating, nausea

  • 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

Jan 14, 2012 (Started Mar 19, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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