HAHA, a placebo boy I thought I was too, til I found out that taking glutamine inhibits the stuff I was taking, so I laid off the glutamine and kept taking my pre and post work out shakes ( N.O. Explode, and sometimes a post of Cell Tech Creatine). I've been doing this mostly on with spurts of off cycles for four or more years. I'm now 29, and yes I drink, sometimes alot more than I should. I drink lots of water, 5 plus liters a day, and have never had any problems. If I take trips, I notice I lost size, but gearing back into things with the shakes I find the water retention in my muscles, as well as my weights goign up and I get the weight back faster. I change my routines up regularly, and work out with intensity most days I'm not hard core, but work out often enough to keep my shoulders bigger than my gut. I have no degrees, just personal knowledge. I like the stuff, and have never had any side effects except once when I took too hydroxycut hard core too close to my No Explode, and it was too much caffine in a short period, and felt alittle woozy/light headed at the gym. Nothing majoy. I say try some Light suppliments like was suggested here, see if you like them, but make sure your drinking lots like was suggested, eating enough, sleeping enough, and changing your routines at the gym. With all taht said and done... watch yourself grow.
Originally Posted by MyoTacoma
I have a doctorate in pharmacy with an emphasis on sports nutrition and have done a number of studies on creatine. Of everything on the market today it is probably one of the most extensively studied supplements. Contrary to popular belief, there is no need for a loading phase and 5 grams daily is all that is needed. The only hard evidence that it causes renal failure/dysfunction was in seen in those already with pre-existing renal disease. Basically what is does is it re-phosphorylates ADP into ATP (your body uses ATP for energy). As mentioned in the previous posts, stay well hydrated as creatine osmotically draws water into the cell stimulating protein synthesis. Hope this helps.
Btw, I am currently taking creatine and have been since I was 19. I have had my liver and kidneys monitored 6 times a year since and have not seen any changes. I personally think it enhances physical condition and strength but I might be a placebo effect victim!