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
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 142 38
General health 42 16
Parkinson's Disease 27 9
Fatigue 16 4
Atrophy of upper body muscles 8 4
Improve flexibility/strength 5 3

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  • 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 9
None 64

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Creatine Monohydrate

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

Show all 8 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Creatine Monohydrate

Dosage Patients
5 g daily 3
1 tps. m,w,f 1
1 tps. daily 1
5 mg daily 1
800 mg daily 1
1,500 mg daily 1
2,500 mg daily 1
5g as needed 1
daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Creatine Monohydrate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 70
Other 29
Personal research 13
Doctor's advice 10
Expense 8
Side effects too severe 8
Course of treatment ended 6
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 126 patients who’ve stopped taking Creatine Monohydrate

Duration

Currently taking Creatine Monohydrate

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

Stopped taking Creatine Monohydrate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 25
6 months - 1 year 31
1 - 2 years 33
2 - 5 years 23
5 - 10 years 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 36
Usually 29
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 20
Not at all hard to take 43
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 6
$25-49 9
< $25 30
Not specified 33
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14 patient evaluations for Creatine Monohydrate

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jaws-als
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jaws-als
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

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Sep 27, 2012 (Started Mar 03, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for ALS (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 ALS (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 ALS (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 ALS (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 ALS (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
darinmnj
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darinmnj
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: n
I have:
ALS

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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
Kirk46
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Kirk46
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
On
Mouth/throat: none
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: none
I am: vg
I have:
Parkinson's

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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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