I think the creatine pills I'm taking are making me sick. Should I just stop using them?

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    Sep 06, 2013 7:32 PM GMT
    They give me an upset stomach. I like to swim and when I take them and go swimming I get a headache. Then when I get home I get dizzy and have an upset stomach. I have to lie down afraid I'll throw up.

    Thing is I mostly do aerobic exercise, gymnastics, swimming, cycling so I need something to keep from burning away all my calories.
  • Import

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    Sep 06, 2013 7:34 PM GMT
    I thought creatine was used mostly for weight lifting?

  • Destinharbor

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    Sep 06, 2013 7:54 PM GMT
    My understanding of creatine is that it aids in the transfer of nutrients through the cell walls, that it helps cells get what they need in terms of food and water. It is possible you cannot tolerate it for some reason but it is naturally occurring in your system. My guess is it is the caffeine in most creatine pre-workout formulas that is giving you the trouble.
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    Sep 06, 2013 7:55 PM GMT
    It made me nauseous.
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    Sep 06, 2013 8:31 PM GMT
    I think you can take it after too. Try taking the pill in less than 30 minutes after you have completed your workout. But each pill/make is different. I know some are made for a smaller dosage before and after. So read the directions and see if it says anything about after the workout
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    Sep 06, 2013 8:39 PM GMT
    If you insist on creatine, you should probably be taking the purest creatine monohydrate powder mixed with water (or liquid of your choice). For burning fat, you might investigate taking calcium pyruvate, instead. Please note that I am not a physician and I am not dispensing medical advice.
  • MikeW

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    Sep 06, 2013 8:40 PM GMT
    Lightbringer saidI need something to keep from burning away all my calories.

    Sorry, that doesn't even make any sense, especially in regard to creatine.

    Body builders and people in my age group may need to supplement w/ creatine monohydrate for a lot of reasons but 'to keep from burning calories' isn't one of them. Someone your age probably doesn't even need it if you have a healthy diet.

    I'm not currently taking it but when I did, I used the crystal powder and dissolved it in my morning tea or coffee. No ill effects.

    ETA: I say it doesn't 'make any sense' because a calorie is a unit of heat energy (fuel usage). If you're alive, you are burning calories. If you're moving around, you're burning even more. How do you think creatine or anything else would inhibit that?
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    Sep 06, 2013 8:56 PM GMT
    MikeW said
    Lightbringer saidI need something to keep from burning away all my calories.

    Sorry, that doesn't even make any sense, especially in regard to creatine.

    Body builders and people in my age group may need to supplement w/ creatine monohydrate for a lot of reasons but 'to keep from burning calories' isn't one of them. Someone your age probably doesn't even need it if you have a healthy diet.

    I'm not currently taking it but when I did, I used the crystal powder and dissolved it in my morning tea or coffee. No ill effects.

    ETA: I say it doesn't 'make any sense' because a calorie is a unit of heat energy (fuel usage). If you're alive, you are burning calories. If you're moving around, you're burning even more. How do you think creatine or anything else would inhibit that?

    Well what I mean is that I have a fast metabolism and doing aerobic exercise makes your metabolism run faster. So I take creatine to give me an extra boost.

    Maybe I have no idea what I'm doing... icon_lol.gif
  • LeanBuilt

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    Sep 06, 2013 9:18 PM GMT
    Suggest you try stopping creatine use for now.

    Your profile indicates you are 130 lbs and thin, and you engage in lots of aerobic calorie burning energy activities. You also indicated you can't gain weight and have a high metabolism.

    Suggest you try eating more good quality foods and getting enough sleep. You could try eating more often too. If you are burning off lots of energy each day, you need to eat more good food (source of energy).

    Adding whey powder to your cereal may be good, lots of lean chicken, peanut butter sandwiches, vegetables. healthy snacks in your gym bag.

    Try that out if it makes sense to you.

    You can research creatine use in the meantime, and I think you will find it is ok to use in small quantities, but you need to make sure you are getting enough food and esp proteins first.

    In other words, your body needs a lot of different nutrients, and you spiking your diet with one type of molecule (creatine) is likely not a good idea.

    Good Luck!
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    Sep 06, 2013 9:28 PM GMT
    Stop taking it... duh.
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    Sep 06, 2013 9:30 PM GMT
    Creatine is largely useless in the long term, it just helps your muscles retain water more, after you stop taking creatine you'll go back to your natural weight retention rate.
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    Sep 06, 2013 10:12 PM GMT
    S34n05 saidStop taking it... duh.

    Thank you! I was wondering how many responses I would read before someone said this! If you're getting sick it might be wise to NOT take them until you find out why or if you should be taking them. Some common sense please….feeling sick is not the norm!
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    Sep 06, 2013 10:25 PM GMT
    If creatine doesn't agree with your stomach, you can buy it in liquid form and put it under your tongue. It works faster too.
    Needless to say, drink loads of water.
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    Sep 06, 2013 10:54 PM GMT
    A slim young guy will always have trouble keeping weight if he does a lot of aerobic exercise. Have you considered changing the mix to primarily strength training?

    Creatine is for strength training not cardio and lots of people, including me, do not tolerate it well in digestion.

    For either strength or cardio consider branched chain aminos (BCAA). I take BCAAs at the start of my workout they really help sustain me and improve recovery. Also have read recently about alanine for more energetic workouts, but have not tried it.

    Eat plenty of good food with lots of calories.
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    Sep 07, 2013 2:01 AM GMT
    Thanks everybody. I think I'll just use stuff that's natural from now on.
  • Beeftastic

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    Sep 07, 2013 2:18 AM GMT
    Creatine can make you nauseous, it does when I take it on an empty stomach. At least you know the pills are dissolving icon_smile.gif

    You can try taking it dissolved in juice or milk and with food.
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    Sep 07, 2013 3:41 AM GMT
    Creatine powders and caps can be hard on the stomach. Everyone's tolerance is different and some simply cant process it without cramping.

    Important points here--

    1. Take your dose the SAME TIME every day. This helps build tolerance.
    2. Drink at least 16 oz water with your dose, even if using liquid form.
    3. If you still experience stomach problems, take your dose with a fibrous complex carb source like brown rice or oatmeal.
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    Sep 07, 2013 8:41 AM GMT
    There's no reason for you to be taking it for those activities especially as a recreational (non collegiate/pro) athlete, and it's not regulated for purity so you could be taking something else. Supplement companies aren't held to any standards or truth about their labels until someone gets adverse side effects. It's a crock industry.
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    Sep 07, 2013 9:49 AM GMT
    Stop taking the pills.. Dry Out.

    So many "Labs" have their own concoction and blends ..
    If you must continue taking the pills.. research a high quality product.

    No matter what anyone tells you.. Remember creatine is harsh on your internals.. Be careful..Monitor your fluid and protein intake.. Good luck!
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    Sep 09, 2013 7:33 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidAnd to help out with the post, get rid of the pills. Try getting the powder and then put your dose into a cup of hot water. You can even try drinking it in your coffee or hot tea. The trick is to dissolve it completely.

    I use hot tap water and mix it with thirty ounces in a sports bottle. Once I see all the granules dissolved I drink it down.

    If I take creatine that is not completely dissolved I get stomach upset and sometimes I get the runs. So I avoid that by mixing it until completely dissolved.

    Great idea. Maybe I'll try it again. When are you dosing? Before a workout? With or without food?
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    Sep 09, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
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    S34n05 saidStop taking it... duh.

    Thank you! I was wondering how many responses I would read before someone said this! If you're getting sick it might be wise to NOT take them until you find out why or if you should be taking them. Some common sense please….feeling sick is not the norm!


    +2

    All of these suggestions on what he should be taking are pointless because they do NOT solve the OP's primary problem which is....he believes the pills are making him sick.
  • monet

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    Sep 09, 2013 7:48 PM GMT
    I think the creatine pills I'm taking are making me sick. Should I just stop using them?

    No, You should continue taking them (if feeling sick is your goal).