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Creatine

Vitamin / Mineral Supplement Overview:
Creatine is made in the liver and is found in meats. It also helps in releasing energy through the increased production and circulation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), therefore competitive athletes could benefit from the use of creatine.

How This Supplement Works in Your Body:
Induces weight gain
May increase strength and power
May enhance the ability to perform in activities that require intense short term effort such as weight-lifting or swimming
May boost energy

Where This Supplement is Found:
meats

Using Creatine:
Available as:
Powder, chewable tablets, and capsules

Medical Precautions: Do not take if you:
Possess any allergies to creatine

Consult your Medical Doctor If you:
Are experiencing any serious health problems
Have allergies to any medication, food or other substance
Are contemplating taking a creatine supplement (The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is currently researching the safety of creatine supplements)

Pregnancy:
No risks are known. Do not use Creatine.

Breastfeeding:
No risks are known. Do not use.

Infants and Children:
It is hazardous to treat infants and children under 2 with any supplement.

Do not take with any prescription or non prescription drugs without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
Little is known about the effects of long-term use.

Safe Vitamin / Mineral dosage:
Due to the deaths of three athletes while using creatine, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has deemed creatine unsafe, and it is suggested that it be used with caution. Currently, the optimal dosage amounts are not known. Creatine, as a product, is marketed as a dietary supplement.
The dosage is varied among brands. Follow the instructions printed on the label or consult your physician or pharmacist
To date, no safe vitamin / mineral dosage has been established.

Creatine Toxicity:
Information on the comparative-toxicity rating cannot be found in standard references.

Creatine Side Effects:
Signs and symptoms : What to do
Gastrointestinal problems : Discontinue use. Call doctor when convenient.
Increased blood pressure : Discontinue use. Call doctor when convenient.
Muscle cramping : Discontinue use. Call doctor when convenient.
Nausea : Discontinue use. Call doctor when convenient.

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