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Question: Is It Safe For Teenagers To Take Creatine?

I'm 15 years old, 6' 1" and 140 pounds. Would creatine be dangerous if I took it for a short while at the right dosage?

Question expanded by another reader.
I am 15 years old, 5'7" 120lbs. I play football and basketball. Is it OK being this small and young to take creatine?

Response #1

As young as you are, taking creatine is probably not that good of an idea. Hard work will pay off (and probably just as well) if you give it the chance. If nothing else, talk to either an athletic trainer or doctor about it.

Response #2

I started taking creatine in December '98. I'm 15 and have kept a log of my gains. I'm 6'3 and went from 150pds to 187pds, almost all of it is muscle, and I haven't experienced any side-effects. I was bench pressing only 130pds when I 1st started. Now I'm benching 190pds and still gaining. I have also found that I don't seem to run out of energy that much anymore. In an intense game of basketball or baseball, I can keep going while other players have to be taken out for lack of energy. I think as long as you follow the recommended dosage and don't OD you'll be fine.

Response #3

I am 18 years old and started using creatine in February '99. I was 5'9" and weighed 150lbs back then. I have been using creatine for 10 months now and have noticed great gains. I now weight 185lbs but am still the same height, and I credit all of the weight gain to creatine. When I first started lifting my bench press was 135lbs. Today it is 305lbs. I have noticed no side effects since I started using it except for occasional diarrhea but I can't directly relate that to creatine.

The one thing that I have noticed is that the creatine brands with dextrose work a lot better than creatine alone. During this time let me say that I did take one month off from lifting and two and a half months off from creatine. During my time off of it, I did not lose any of my strength or weight. So when I started using it again, my gains were phenomenal once again. I put on 15 lbs in two months. Creatine with dextrose is the best form of creatine that I would recommend.

Response #4

I'm 16 right now and I have experienced incredible strength since I have been on creatine. My bench went from 185 to 215 in a matter of 2 months. My weight was 160 before I was on it and I'm currently 180, and I'm still growing height wise too. I'm 6 foot 4 and really built for my height. But teens, if you do go on creatine be sure to drink a lot of water. Drink 10-12 glasses a day.

Another good supplement to take with creatine would be amino acids. Now you will experience cramps for a day or 2, but that is just until your body gets used to the creatine in your system, but after the 1st 2 days you will be fine. I have done a lot of research on creatine and no matter how many web sites or books you read, no one will be able to tell you the long term effects, well at least not yet. But all creatine does is take water from your body and put it in your muscles, so don't panic too much about how it's so bad because it's not. Just be sure to drink lots of water so you don't hurt your liver.

Response #5

I am a student athletic trainer at my high school. I have a fair amount of information on this topic since Creatine seems to be the "drug of choice" at my school. I don't deny its effectiveness - I've seen it in my football, basketball, and baseball players. However, Creatine has not been available as a nutritional supplement for very long, making it difficult for doctors, researchers, etc. to really know what its long term side effects are. You may not have had any side effects in 2 or 3 years, but what about 10 or 15 years from now. Some of these types of things can take a long time to develop. Since we just don't know what the real deal on Creatine is, in my opinion it's safer not to take it. Just spend the money elsewhere and more time at the gym. This is what I tell all my guys - not that many of them listen to me, but at least they know the facts and the opinion of someone who cares a lot about them!

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