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Levocarnitine oral
LEVOCARNITINE - ORAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

LEVOCARNITINE - ORAL

(lee-voh-KAR-nih-teen)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Carnitor

Uses

Also known as L-carnitine, this is a naturally occurring amino acid derivative required by the body in energy metabolism and for proper use of fats. This medication is used as a dietary supplement to treat carnitine deficiency. It may also be used in persons with abnormal plasma lipoprotein patterns. If you have serious kidney disease (such as ESRD/dialysis), the intravenous (IV) form of carnitine should be used. The reason is that large doses of carnitine taken by mouth for long periods of time may result in serious side effects (e.g., seizures), interfere with dialysis (increased nitrogen wastes), and cause "fishy odor" to occur.

How To Use

Take this medication as directed. Do not skip any doses or take this more often than prescribed. The liquid form may be taken alone or dissolved in a drink. Drink it slowly to prevent stomach upset. Doses should be spaced evenly every 3 to 4 hours as directed. This is best taken with or after meals. Tablets or capsules should be taken at evenly spaced intervals. If stomach upset occurs, take each dose with food.

Side Effects

This medication is generally well tolerated. It may cause nausea, vomiting, stomach ache, diarrhea, body odor or muscle weakness. If any of these symptoms continues or becomes bothersome, consult your doctor. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience: seizures. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: epilepsy, severe kidney disease, any allergies. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Consult your doctor before using any medication while breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Notes

There is a product sold in health food stores called vitamin Bt. It contains a MIXTURE of D-carnitine and L-carnitine. This is NOT the same as L-carnitine and can cause you problems. Be sure to take L-carnitine ONLY.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store this medication at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom.