What if any drug/supplement might cause a urine like body odor?

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    Jun 10, 2010 12:37 PM GMT
    One of the female PT's at my gym asked me if I thought that creatine might be causing a urine like body odor on some of the bigger guys. Her reasoning since creatine holds water in the body etc etc perhaps it could be something to do with that. I take creatine and never noticed anything and she said she didn't smell it on me. I put it down to guys who perhaps aren't clean or washing their gym clothes regularly.
    Anyone heard of this before from any drug/supplement guys might be using?
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    Jun 10, 2010 1:56 PM GMT
    I take creatine and noticed after I workout that I smell somewhat like urine, but I think its just sweaty balls haha. Not sure its connected to creatine, but thats funny
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    Jun 10, 2010 2:09 PM GMT
    a lot of coffee, brocilli, aspeargeous (sp!), brussell sprouts, cheap beer..all give me smelly urine. icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 10, 2010 7:03 PM GMT
    Sometimes when you work out hard and don't have enough carbs, you can get a slight ammonia smell--more like cat urine than human but here's a link.
    http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/information/nutrition/ammonia-sweat-smell.htm
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    Jun 10, 2010 7:25 PM GMT
    beneful1 saidOne of the female PT's at my gym asked me if I thought that creatine might be causing a urine like body odor on some of the bigger guys. Her reasoning since creatine holds water in the body etc etc perhaps it could be something to do with that. I take creatine and never noticed anything and she said she didn't smell it on me. I put it down to guys who perhaps aren't clean or washing their gym clothes regularly.
    Anyone heard of this before from any drug/supplement guys might be using?


    I've read on-line that Creatine helps to retain water within the cell muscle, bulking them up. I don't believe that has anything to do with causing body odor by retaining urine. I would expect a PT to be knowledgeable about such things.
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    Jun 10, 2010 8:29 PM GMT
    Several years ago a study was done at the University of Sydney using creatine to boost brain power. Yes creatine does improve mentation.

    Long term use of creatine may have other potential negative effects, including adversely effecting blood sugar levels, as well as effecting one's body odor. "To be frank, taking the supplement can make you a considerably less 'fragrant' person," says Dr. Rae.

    http://beachpsych.com/pages/cc75.html
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    Jun 10, 2010 10:00 PM GMT
    I've never noticed any foul "urine-like" odor coming from creatine users, including myself when I used to use it.
    Now that I've weened myself off ALL supplements (including protein), I noticed that I'm still making gains, just not as fast. Since I'm in no hurry to get ripped, I'm just going to let it happen naturally over time. Creatine only sped up the process that's happening naturally anyway. That extra speed isn't worth the potential hazards, and it's also not worth the apparent odor that I wasn't aware of.