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Creatine Category: Performance and Image Enhancing Substances

How it’s used

Creatine is naturally produced in your body from three amino acids (arginine, glycine, methionine) for your muscles to use. Most of your body's creatine is in your skeletal muscle. You can buy it as a diet supplement in powder or tablet form. You can also buy foods with creatine in them. These are used by body builders to provide energy to muscles for movement. It does this by increasing the amount of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in your body. Creatine can also be used to help people with neuromuscular disorders such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease.

Short term effects

Long term effects

Other dangers

If you are pregnant

Do not take if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as we don’t know enough about the risks to your baby.


It is not addictive, but if you use it to improve your body image you may come to rely on it.

How long does it stay in your system?

As you naturally have creatine in your body there are no tests for it.

What help is available?

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