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Elkar Tablet


Overview

Introduction

Elkar Tablet belongs to a class of medications called amino acids. It is used in the treatment of carnitine deficiency. It helps the body produce energy and improve the efficiency of body function.

Elkar Tablet should be taken with food and it should be chewed thoroughly before swallowing. Take it in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Do not start or stop taking this medicine without a doctor's prescription.

Elkar Tablet is usually a safe medicine, however, it may cause nausea and vomiting. Your doctor may suggest you to monitor your blood glucose levels regularly while you are taking the medicine.

Before starting the medicine, inform your doctor if you have any other medical conditions or are taking any other medications. Patients with severe kidney disease should not take this medicine unless prescribed by the doctor.

Uses of Elkar Tablet

  • Carnitine deficiency

Side effects of Elkar Tablet

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Elkar

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Vomiting
    You can help yourself by eating small, frequent meals rather than large ones and drinking plenty of fluids. Eat slowly. Avoid fatty, fried, spicy and very sweet foods. Eat cold or slightly warm food if the smell of cooked or cooking food makes you feel sick. Get plenty of fresh air. You could also try chewing ginger or drinking ginger tea. Eat bananas to replace potassium in your blood which can drop if you are sick (vomit). Use oral rehydration salts to replace vitamins and minerals lost through being sick. There are some medicines that can help you stop feeling sick. Speak to your doctor if your condition does not improve.
  • Coping with Nausea
    You can help yourself by eating small, frequent meals rather than large ones and drinking plenty of fluids. Eat slowly. Avoid fatty, fried, spicy and very sweet foods. Eat cold or slightly warm food if the smell of cooked or cooking food makes you feel sick. Get plenty of fresh air. You could also try chewing ginger or drinking ginger tea. Eat bananas to replace potassium in your blood which can drop if you are sick (vomit). Use oral rehydration salts to replace vitamins and minerals lost through being sick. There are some medicines that can help you stop from feeling sick. Speak to your doctor if your condition does not improve.

How to use Elkar Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Elkar Tablet is to be taken with food.

How Elkar Tablet works

Levocarnitine belongs to the class of medications called as amino acid derivative. It works by improving the low levels of carnitine in the body.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Elkar Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Elkar Tablet is generally considered safe to use during pregnancy. Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effects to the developing baby; however, there are limited human studies.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Elkar Tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
SAFE
Elkar Tablet does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
CAUTION
Elkar Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Elkar Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Elkar Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Elkar Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.

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Quick Tips

  • It is given as a slow injection into veins under the supervision of a doctor.
  • Monitor your blood glucose levels regularly during levocarnitine treatment.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. 

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Amino acids
Habit Forming
No

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FAQs

Q. Is Elkar a steroid?

Elkar is not a steroid. It contains Levo-carnitine which is a type of protein (made from the amino acids lysine and methionine). It helps in transporting fats to the cells, where fats get metabolized in order to produce energy. It is used to treat primary and secondary Levo-carnitine deficiency.

Q. When can a carnitine deficiency occur?

Carnitine deficiency may be of two types, primary and secondary. Primary is genetic and may show symptoms by five years of age. Whereas, secondary may occur due to certain disorders like kidney problems (chronic kidney failure) and use of antibiotics that reduces its absorption and increases its excretion.

Q. Does warfarin have any effect on Elkar?

In some patients, warfarin when taken along with Elkar may increase the time required for the formation of blood clot. Hence, before starting Elkar, inform your doctor if you are taking warfarin.

Q. What is the best time to take Elkar?

Elkar should be taken as directed by your doctor. Generally, it is advised to be taken 3-4 times daily, preferably with meals or after meals.

Q. Can Elkar be taken by diabetics?

Yes, Elkar can be taken by patients with diabetes. However, it is important to know that it contains sucrose. Some studies have shown that it may improve insulin sensitivity. Along with that, it may also be helpful in relieving nerve pain.

Q. Does Elkar cause diarrhea?

Elkar may very rarely cause diarrhea. This effect of the medicine can be reduced by decreasing the dose of Elkar. But, if you are taking oral solution then take it slowly or dilute it more.

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1mg's sole intention is to ensure that its consumers get information that is expert-reviewed, accurate and trustworthy. However, the information contained herein should NOT be used as a substitute for the advice of a qualified physician. The information provided here is for informational purposes only. This may not cover all possible side effects, drug interactions or warnings or alerts. Please consult your doctor and discuss all your queries related to any disease or medicine. We intend to support, not replace, the doctor-patient relationship.

References

  1. Levocanitine. Gaithersburg: Leadiant Biosciences, Inc; 2018. [Accessed 05 Apr. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link

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