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low creatinine reading

during a recent urine test for drug screening at work my creatinine reading was 6.7 which read as diluted. I understand the average is between 97 and 137. Since I know it wasn't diluted is it possible that prescription drugs or illnesses could cause it to read low?  I take protinix, diclofenac, and prevacid.  Is it possible that mine is low normally? What else could cause a low reading?
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There are various causes of low creatinine.  This can include small stature, debilitation, decreased muscle mass, and some complex cases of severe hepatic disease. In advanced liver disease, low creatinine may result from decreased hepatic production of creatinine and inadequate dietary protein as well as reduced muscle mass.

That being said, I am unsure of the units of the values you mentioned above.  Typically a creatinine reading of 6.7 mg/dL would be considered elevated, but without specifying what units your results are, I am unsure how to interpret the values.  

Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Thanks,
Kevin, M.D.
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