What is this medication?
Levocarnitine (L-Carnitine), Carnitor
Primary systemic carnitine deficiency, secondary carnitine deficiency.
How does this medication work?
Levocarnitine (L-Carnitine), Carnitor is a naturally occurring metabolic compound which functions as a carrier molecule for long-chain fatty acids within the mitochondria, facilitating energy production. Carnitine deficiency is associated with accumulation of excess acyl CoA esters and disruption of intermediary metabolism.
How should I take this medication?
Usual (Oral): 990mg 2 to 3 times daily, depending on response.
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Before starting Levocarnitine (L-Carnitine), Carnitor make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take, and current medical conditions. Levocarnitine can cause gastrointestinal effects from rapid consumption; consume levocarnitine slowly as tolerated. Levocarnitine (L-Carnitine), Carnitor should be used with caution in patients with carnitine deficiency (ex. Chronic valproic acid use, neurological disorders, congenital metabolic disorders, hepatic cirrhosis, renal failure, critical care patients, antiepileptic drug use, chemotherapy agents); renal impairment and seizure disorders.
What if I miss a dose?
If a dose is missed, skip the missed dose and administer the next dose at the regular time. Do not administer 2 doses at the same time.
How should I store this medication?
Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.
What are the possible side effects of using this medication?
None reported when administered via oral route.
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