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Can Creatine Raise Blood Pressure?


#1

Hello T-Nation,

I'm taking blood pressure medication and i was wondering if anyone knows if creatine can raise your blood pressure?

Any feedback would be nice.

Thanks,

Wil


#2

Creatine has never been shown to increase blood pressure levels.

Depending on the medication though, it may be best to ask your doctor.


#3

Good to know. Thanks


#4

It does for some, not for others.

When I went through MEPS you have to have below 140/90, I typically do, but the creatine made be boarder-line 138/78. During week 7 or 8 of indoc training I had it taken again (so 7 weeks off creatine), even with my “white coat syndrome” it was down to 122/68 on a pretty crappy diet.

I know it has no impact on some people, but for me it did.


#5

I think I will start at about 5g of creatine a day for a couple weeks just to see if there is any significant changes in my BP. If all is well I might bump up to 10g a day.


#6

It can. Doctor told me so.


#7

I think I can maintain a good BP and still take 5g of creatine a day. I will just have to monitor it more.


#8

[quote]GODSWIL84 wrote:
I think I can maintain a good BP and still take 5g of creatine a day. I will just have to monitor it more. [/quote]

Just track it. Also, my diastolic stayed low while on it, and that’s the number that most agree really matters. If your systolic goes up a little, but the diastolic stays put, I wouldn’t worry. But that’s me.


#9

Awesome. Thanks


#10

I tried it couple of years ago…yes it did seem to raise my BP. Stopped taking it.