Hair Loss

  1. Positive Responders
  2. Renal Complications
  3. Increased Urination
  4. Nausea, Diarrhea & Gastrointestinal Distress
  5. Mood Swings, Anxiety & Insomnia
  6. Acne
  7. Hair Loss
  8. Strange Experiences

Hair Loss

“I am a physician specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of hair loss. I have seen numerous men with acceleration of their hair loss while using creatine. They deny using steroids.

…perhaps the supplements taken by most of these men may be increasing T (testosterone) levels. The question is whether T levels are increased or if increased DHT receptor binding is occurring, or some other factor.

I would simply make your readers aware that this may be an observed phenomenon, and that they should contact a specialist in hair loss and/or hair restoration surgery, possibly by www.ishrs.org. Propecia should be helpful in these individuals, and I recommend stopping the creatine until the cause and effect can be determined.”

Edwin S. Epstein, MD
USA

“Hello, I enjoy using creatine to enhance my workouts and seem to get good results. However, I’ve been experincing hair loss and thinning of my hair. I have seen a doctor on transplant and he said that creatine “shocks” the hair through causing growth hormones and causes loss of hair. Is this true? If so, are there alternatives that do not cause hair loss that are safe – for exp N02?”

Anonymous
USA

Response: “I have heard of this before and still don’t have a good explanation for it. Your doctor is probably right that creatine (at least, your particular product with included contaminants and additives) causes some sort of hormonal alteration that ultimately leads to hair loss. Nevertheless, scientific studies have not, as of yet, demonstrated this effect. Time will tell what’s at root of this effect.”

“I would suggest that you switch to a pure form of creatine monohydrate (without additives). For example, Phosphagen from EAS. You can find information about this product here. Purity is an issue, which is why I suggest EAS.”

 

“I took creatine for about a month before I noticed substantial hair loss. Will my hair grow back and how long will it take to stop falling out? I discontinued usage over a month ago and am still experiencing hair loss. MPB (male pattern baldness) does not run in my family and I’ve never experienced this kind of problem before. Also, hair loss was not the only side effect I noticed.”

Nicholas Nachefski
USA


“I have been using creatine for about a month and have noticed major thinning of my hair. Can you please tell me if this is likely to be permanent or is there a chance I might experience a recovery from this hair loss? I have obviously since stopped using the product.”

“Why is there not more awareness of this side effect (?), this has been devastating to me, I wanted to look better not worse!”

Phil
USA

“I have started using creatine 8 years ago when I was 24 then stopped 3 years later at 27 when I started noticing patches of hair falling out of my head in the shower and on the pillow. The hairs did not grow back and a doctor explained to me that this is the effect of male hormones called DHT. I am the only one in my family that experienced this baldness and also the only one who has used creatine monohydrate. None of my brothers have this curse. I figured it was the creatine so I stopped using it. I continued to experience this hair loss but it did slow down and fewer hairs fall out on my pillow but none of the hairs grew back the way it used to. I am not completely bald on the crown yet but it is thinning and has stayed that way for the last 5 years. I opted for the hair transplant surgery to replace the missing hairs but even though the implanted hairs stayed, more hairs continue to fall out in the shower and pillow. I also am on Rogaine and Propecia with little success. When I stopped the creatine, I started getting some fat back because Rogaine reverses the male hormones so it reversed the effect of the creatine and only slowed the hair loss.”

Jeffrey Din
USA

“I took XXXXXX Fruit Punch for a little over a month including the loader week. I liked the results I got from this product, but did notice hair loss. Most people I talked to looked at me like I was crazy when I told them. I thought it was related to the creatine I was taking. I also talked to numerous nutrition stores and they had not heard of this either. Most of them told me it was probably related to stress and not creatine. I was under no more stress then normal while taking this product yet I noticed more and more hair falling out after my shower and brushing my hair. I would like to start taking creatine again but very concerned about my hair. My hair loss stopped after stopping the creatine.”

Brad Phillips
USA

“I used XXXXX a top shelf creatine for an about 2 months and stopped when I noticed my hair thinning. NO ONE in my entire family has thin hair and after talking to my family dermatologist I know that the creatine is the source. DHT levels (testosterone) is what causes hair to eventually fall out, which is why usually men and not women go bald. When you raise your levels to more then your body is used to producing it causes your hair to fall out. I had heard some horror stories about creatine, but never thought it would happen to me. It is very depressing to be 23 and having to deal with hair loss knowing that you are to blame for it. I would just like to make all the readers aware of the risks”

Byron Thomas
USA

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“I have been taking creatine monohydrate for about 3 months and I have noticed substantial hair loss. I recently stopped and the rate of hair loss has greatly decreased. Is there a chance that creatine could be the cause of my hair loss?”

Anonymous
USA


“Can creatine cause hair loss? I have been taking creatine for years and have an abnormal hair loss pattern. My hair falls out but seems to try to grow back in the same areas. Which is not common for genetic baldness.”

Anonymous
USA

“I seem to be having a problem with hair thinning and in some areas of my head a bald spot is appearing. Is it possible that creatine use might have something to do with this? I take 5 gms per day and weight train as well as aerobics.”

Anonymous
USA

“After about a month of taking Creatine I noticed a major thinning of my hair and even though I discontinued taking it I still encounter an increasing loss of hair. I have never heard any stories about recovery from creatine related hair loss and wonder if there are any.”

Anonymous
USA

“I have been using Creatine for a couple of months, nothing else, for about a week now, I have noticed a lot of hair in the bathroom tub after I take a shower, is hair loss a side effect of creatine use, I have use creatine as directed, only the doses allowed?”

Anonymous
USA

“I have been using creatine for about 4 months and have been noticing some hair loss.”

Anonymous
USA

“I seem to be having a problem with hair thinning and in some areas of my head a bald spot is appearing Is it possible that creatine use might have something to do with this? I take 5 gms per day and weight train as well as aerobics.”

Anonymous
USA

“I have been a vegetarian all my life. Over the past 10 years, whenever I have had the desire to gain lean muscle mass, I have purchased and consumed creatine.”

“Once off of creatine, I tend to lose the majority of the weight previously gained, depsite continuing my regular workout programs.”

“Each time I start up on creatine again, I consistently gain an average of 15-25 pounds within a month of the initial serving. (Dramatic).”

“ALTHOUGH… my last creatine purchased was different than the usual brand. (I won’t mention the name here, because I notice that it gets “X’d” out anyways). Since being on this creatine, over the last 2 months, I have noticed CONSIDERABLE hair loss. Perhaps it’s a genetic balding process, but due to the rapid thinning of my crown, and the timing of when I started on this creatine, I have considerable doubts that it has anything to do with my current age (30).”

“Further testing, and resultant disclaimers (if valid) on the product packaging, regarding potential hair loss would be greatly appreciated!”

Nick
USA

 

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Important Information: The persons whose names appear on this page have all given permission for their experiences to be posted – in their own words. This information is intended for illustrative purposes only, without scientific validation and should not be construed as medical advise. The side effects described here may be the result of additives in certain creatine products or arise from contaminants sometimes present in cheaper brands of creatine and therefore, may not be attributed to the ingestion of creatine monohydrate per se.

Avoiding Side Effects:
It’s very important that you understand how creatine works and is produced commercially in order to use it most effectively with a minimum of side effects. First, purchase your creatine from a reputable vendor of high quality creatine products. Next, follow the guidelines and precautions set forth in our creatine guide; learn the inner secrets of creatine and most importantly, how to make these work in your favor to accentuate muscle growth, improve recovery from strenuous exercise and promote overall health.