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Is It OK to Take Creatine after Kidney Transplant

Provided by Expert Zhang Youkang on 2012-11-11 17:52

"Well, I got a Kidney Transplant a few years ago. I just decided to start getting in shape i've been hitting the gym and i want to know if i can take creatine?"  This is a question from a patient after transplant. Perhaps, many people in the same condition may have the same doubt. Read on to find whether it is OK to take creatine after kidney transplant.


It is an amino acid taken by athletes to build muscle. The kidneys, liver and pancreas also produce creatine, which is stored in the muscles as creatine phosphate before being broken down to form a waste product - creatinine. Creatinine circulates through the bloodstream until the kidneys entirely remove it from the body into the urine.

Is it OK to take creatine after Kidney Transplant?

Creatine is processed by the kidneys and is not recommended for anyone with kidney problems. Taking it will make patients' creatinine levels increase if their kidneys are not working well, otherwise it could cause damage if large amounts are not being processed. We would say do not use it if you are unsure whether you can process it, or at least consult a doctor before looking into different formulations of creatine.

Though scientists have not concluded clinical studies on the effects of creatine on kidney transplant patient, there is much information as to the effect on animals with kidney problems. There studies apply to transplant patients, as their single kidney is under twice stress as the kidneys of healthy people. There is a 50% chance that a transplanted kidney will last ten years or more. Patients may lose their transplant kidneys due to rejection, relapse of the underlying disease or the kidney wearing out.

In conclusion, individuals who are at risk for kidney disease should be cautious about taking creatine. Since kidney transplant patients already have compromised function, they are recommended to avoid taking creatine.

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