Creatine Side Effects – Truth Or Fiction? (Part 2)

Creatine Side Effects – Truth Or Fiction? (Part 2)

In part one of this series, we discussed two creatine side effects – muscle volumizing (positive side effect) and dehydration. Here are some of the other creatine side effects.

Gastrointestinal Discomfort:

Gastrointestinal distress is said to be one of the most common creatine side effects. A lot of people complain of having nausea, flatulence, diarrhea and stomach cramps to deal with; and these are especially common during the initial phases of creatine use. Most of these side effects occur due to the fact that large quantities of undissolved creatine particles may remain lodged in the compartment of the intestine.

Creatine side effects

Also remember that creatine as a substance has the capacity to draw water into the compartment where it has been found. This would mean that large quantities of water could be drawn into the intestines; and this would cause for the said diarrhea and stomach cramps. These side effects can be curbed by making sure that the creatine gets completely dissolved. Use about 16 ounces of water (or juice, as per your choice) and do not ever consume more creatine than is recommended.

In today’s date and age, you could even choose the micronized or effervescent versions of creatine that have been developed in order to get easily absorbed into the blood stream. These have lesser tendencies to stay lodged in the intestines, and thus will avoid gastrointestinal distress.

However, if you’re currently on a micronized or effervescent type of creatine, and you’re still experiencing discomfort, there might be chances that the additives in these types have not suited you. Then you could try shifting to pure creatine monohydrate.


Creatine has large amounts of sugars, and this, when consumed along with creatine could lead to flatulence. This would complicate the process of emptying out your gastric system, and thus result in gastric cramps. Biologically speaking, if your body consumes large quantities of carbs, there will be some part of it that remains in your smaller intestine without being digested. Here, the bacteria found in the intestine would decompose the sugars and release gas. Flatulence is the result of expelling this gas which gets produced by the bacteria.

Muscle Cramping or Tears:
Side effects of creatine

Muscle cramping might be a result of an imbalance of electrolytes in your bloodstream, owing to the dehydration that creatine is known to cause for. Alternatively speaking, muscle lesions could result from people trying to stretch beyond their physical capacity. Simply put, if you supplement yourself with creatine, you might able to increase the amount of force that your body is capable of faster than you actually increase your muscle. This brings us back to our previous suggestion. Douse yourself with high amounts of water when you take creatine.

Renal Stress:

A sensible form of creatine use might not adversely affect the functioning of your kidney; but if you indulge in creatine abuse, it could place a great amount of stress on your kidney. When it comes to loading, the kidneys may have to work harder in order to clear off the unabsorbed creatine from your blood stream. If there are people with pre-existing conditions affecting the kidneys, it might be best to omit the loading phase. This is true of people who suffer from diabetes and renal dysfunction. If people with conditions like this want to get onto creatine, it would be best for them to get themselves checked on a regular basis.

Creatine Side Effects – Truth Or Fiction? (Part 1)