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Creatine Will Not Be On IOC's Banned List -- December 30, 1998

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Creatine is a food and won't be added to the IOC's list of banned drugs. Prince Alexandre de Merode, the chairman of the IOC's medical commission, said the dietary supplement to help increase strength should not be lumped with testosterone or anabolic steroids. Creatine, an amino acid protein that is produced naturally in humans, is marketed as a legal alternative to anabolic steroids. But linked with shorter-term problems such as muscle cramping and dehydration, many national Olympic committees have been trying to get creatine added to the IOC's banned substance list.