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 29 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
5 mg daily 2
10 g daily 2
1 tps. m,w,f 1
1 g daily 1
1 tps. daily 1
750 mg daily 1
1,500 mg daily 1
2,500 mg daily 1
5g as needed 1

See all 11 dosages

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 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 9

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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