Admittedly, I suppose an equally appropriate thread title would be "How Does One Minimize the Creatine Shts?" Like a good number of folks on these forums, I workout regularly and use supplements to augment my diet (mostly protein), but recently decided to give creatine a shot. I've done a bunch of research and searches around this site and others (bodybuilding.com, etc), and although the information has been useful, I'm wondering if any of you have found a way to minimize any gastrointestinal side effects. I use ON Micronized Creatine Mono, and thus far have mixed it with fruit juice (grape juice), my PWO shake, and water. I'm not going through the loading stage, but rather trying to stick with taking roughly 3-5g of the stuff per day. Seems like taking it with my protein shake and water hasn't yielded the best results vis-a-vis side effects (I'm familiar with the need to take it with simple sugars to aid absorption, so water obviously wasn't the best in that regard). Have recently taken it with grape juice and so far so good, but i'm not optimistic. Any strategies out there? Would taking 5g in 1g hits throughout the day minimize side effects? Would using a different type of creatine (Con-Cret, or something pre-mixed with dextrose and the like, like Gaspari's SizeOn) be a better option? Just wondering what some of your experiences have been. GI "distress" is frequently noted as a side-effect, but I rarely see any recommendations with respect to minimizing such side effects.