I have read from a number of online sources that creatine isn't as effective when taken with caffeine.

I also read that if you space out the caffeine consumption from the creatine consumption, it may be OK.

My question is: is it OK to take caffeine and creatine on the same day, as long as we have some gap between the two? If so, what's a safe gap?

UPDATE: Here's one of the sources I remember I read about it - http://examine.com/faq/does-caffeine-counteract-creatine.html

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    I think the examine.com link you posted sums it up pretty nicely.
    – Eric
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 17:58
  • A lot of preworkout supplements have both creatine and caffeine them.
    – pufferfish
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 19:01

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What ever you read, you can take creatine whenever you feel more comfortable. I have taken it in the mornings, and now i take it after workouts, because of bro science. At the end of the day, my results are the same with it.

I have also taken a scoop of creatine(when i first started) and a cup of coffee before my work outs and i saw and felt the creatine working, meaning, you should not worry about it too much. It is important not to over think things like this, keeps away the stress.

Just space them out if it makes you feel more comfortable, but from my experience, it is not important.

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    More likely you got the benefits of the coffee, and previous creatine supplementation. You will not feel immediate effects from ingested creatine.
    – JohnP
    Commented Jan 30, 2015 at 15:57
  • This seems very reasonable and it is what I am doing. I also really like the advices given by the Muscle for Life website (muscleforlife.com). In one article (muscleforlife.com/how-to-take-workout-supplements) he cites a study that indicates that taking creating AFTER workout is more effective. Here's the article: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23919405.
    – kolrie
    Commented Jan 30, 2015 at 16:06
  • @JohnP i have never said that it was immediate, i have been taking creatine for over a year now. I have even done the creatine loading, which is actually bs. And by the benefits i observed were my gains on creatine vs my gains without it.
    – s3v3ns
    Commented Jan 30, 2015 at 18:09
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    @kolrie Different bodies will probably respond differently, i am taking it after because of rumors. I always took it in the mornings but since i started intermediate fasting i moved it to after workout.
    – s3v3ns
    Commented Jan 30, 2015 at 18:11

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