Creatine and Muscle Cramps

I had muscle cramps last night, which is unusual for me. I considered that it might have something to do with some of the supplements I’ve been trying.

I did a web search and found the following…

“There are anecdotal reports of a dramatic increase in muscle cramps associated with the use of creatine monohydrate .”

And there’s this report from someone named Hapkido:

“I began to have cramps in my calves during the night or shortly after awakening. The cramps went away after a little massage, but they were definitely no fun. I put up with it for a while, but when the cramps began coming on during the day something obviously had to be done. I stopped taking creatine for a few days, until the cramping went away. When I started up again I began taking only 1/2 teaspoon on rest days. Reducing the dosage did the trick; I’ve had no more cramps.”

So, I’ve decided to reduce the dosage per Hapkido’s experience and see if that helps.

I’ll try to remember to report back on my results.


9/20/2014 Followup:

I haven’t experienced any more muscle cramps. I cut back to 2.5 grams of creatine monohydrate on non-workout days and have maintained the 5 gram dosage on workout days. In addition, I’ve tried to make sure I consume the creatine relatively early in the day, especially on non-workout days. One last consideration is making sure I drink enough water each day.

So far, so good!

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