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creatine (cont.)

Who should not take creatine ()?

Before taking creatine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care professional if you have any other medical conditions, allergies, or if you take other medicines or other herbal/health supplements. Creatine may not be recommended in some situations.

There is no information available regarding the use of creatine by children. Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without first talking to the child's doctor.

How should I take creatine ()?

The use of creatine in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal/health supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

If you choose to take creatine, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

One method of supplementing with creatine is called the "loading method". This consists of taking larger doses of creatine for 3 to 4 days. This method has been used by athletes when a short term rise in force is needed, such as before a football game or a weight lifting competition. Another method supplementing with creatine has been to use smaller doses over an extended training period. This method has been used by athletes who are more endurance focused or for long term training such as body building.

Different formulations of creatine may be available to be used internally (orally). Do not use different formulations (e.g., tablets, liquid, and powder) of creatine at the same time, unless specifically directed to do so by a health care professional. Using different formulations together increases the risk of an overdose of creatine.

It has been reported that creatine may be more effective if taken with carbohydrates.

Drink plenty of fluid while taking creatine. Although it has not been proven, dehydration, heat-related illnesses, muscle cramps, reduced blood volume, and electrolyte imbalances are expected to be more likely to occur while taking creatine.

Store creatine as directed on the package. In general, creatine should be protected from light and moisture and stored in a sealed container.

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