Creatine Side Effects

(quadancer @ Dec. 29 2007,23:21)</div><div id="QUOTEHEAD">QUOTE</div><div id="QUOTE">Get him a water jug.  
Yeah, will do.
1st time I took it I got &quot;soft&quot; cramps, like a flutter or a spasm, even though I drank a good deal of water. have used it off &amp; on for the last few years &amp; no negative effects. positive effects could be debatable too
I've been taking 5g per day for several months now. No negative side effects I know of. I do not drink any more water than Idid before.
There are also many studies examining the safety of creatine monohydrate. Here are a few examples:

Effects of long-term creatine supplementation on liver and kidney functions in American college football players. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2002 Dec;12(4):453-60.

Long-term oral creatine supplementation does not impair renal function in healthy athletes. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1999 Aug;31(8):1108-10.

Long-term creatine supplementation does not significantly affect clinical markers of health in athletes. Mol Cell Biochem. 2003 Feb;244(1-2):95-104.

Dietary creatine supplementation does not affect some haematological indices, or indices of muscle damage and hepatic and renal function. Br J Sports Med. 2000 Aug;34(4):284-8

Effect of short-term creatine supplementation on renal responses in men. Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol. 1997;76(6):566-7.

Creatine supplementation during college football training does not increase the incidence of cramping or injury. Mol Cell Biochem. 2003 Feb;244(1-2):83-8.

Acute creatine loading increases fat-free mass, but does not affect blood pressure, plasma creatinine, or CK activity in men and women. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2000 Feb;32(2):291-6