What drugs and foods interact with creatine?

Some drugs and foods may interact with creatine, which is sometimes used to enhance physical performance. Creatine may harm the kidneys if taken in high doses, so be cautious if taking it along with other drugs that may also affect your kidneys. These include over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen and naproxen.

There is some evidence that caffeine may reduce creatine's benefits, and there is concern about the health risks of supplements that combine creatine with caffeine and ephedra. Because creatine causes muscles to draw water from the rest of your body, it's important to drink a lot of liquids when taking it.

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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.