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Levocarnitine

Information

Uses

Levocarnitine is used in the treatment of nutritional deficiencies

How it 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.

Common side effects

Nausea, Palpitations, Paresthesia (tingling or pricking sensation), Peripheral edema, Gastrointestinal discomfort, Anemia, Muscle pain, Bone pain, Bronchitis, Cough, Diarrhoea, Gastritis, Headache, Increased calcium level in blood, Increased blood pressure, Muscle weakness, Tachycardia, Vertigo, Vomiting

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Expert advice

  • Take during or immediately after the meals and consume slowly.
  • Take at evenly spaced times throughout the day (every 3 or 4 hours).
  • Monitor your blood glucose levels regularly during levocarnitine treatment.
  • Take precautions during levocarnitine treatment as you may be at risk of bleeding.
  • Do not take this drug if you are allergic to levocarnitine or any of its ingredients. 
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. 

Frequently asked questions

Levocarnitine

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What is levocarnitine?
Levocarnitine is a type of protein. It is used to treat primary and secondary levocarnitine deficiency. Carnitine deficiency occurs when the body has a shortage of levocarnitine.

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How does levocarnitine work?
Levocarnitine is a type of protein. It is used to treat primary and secondary levocarnitine deficiency. Carnitine deficiency occurs when the body has a shortage of levocarnitine.

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What does levocarnitine treat?
Levocarnitine is a type of protein. It is used to treat primary and secondary levocarnitine deficiency. Primary systemic carnitine deficiency is characterized by low concentrations of levocarnitine in plasma, red blood cells, and/or tissues. Secondary carnitine deficiency can be a consequence of inborn errors of metabolism.

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Is levocarnitine over the counter (OTC) ?
Levocarnitine is not an over the counter (OTC) product. It belongs to a class of prescription drugs.

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Is levocarnitine the same as L-carnitine?
Levocarnitine the same as L-carnitine. Carnitine comes in two forms. Levocarnitine (L-carnitine) should not be confused with the D, L-carnitine form (Labelled as Vitamin BT). Only the L-form of carnitine is used by the body to treat serious carnitine deficiency. The D,L-form does not help the body use fat and can actually interfere with and cause a deficiency of levocarnitine.

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Is levocarnitine a steroid?
Levocarnitine is not a steroid. Levocarnitine is a type of protein. It is used to treat primary and secondary levocarnitine deficiency.

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Is levocarnitine used for seizures?
Levocarnitine is not used for seizures. Levocarnitine is a type of protein. It is used to treat primary and secondary levocarnitine deficiency.

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What is levocarnitine oral solution used for?
Levocarnitine is a type of protein. It is used to treat primary and secondary levocarnitine deficiency in children less than 12 years of age, infants, and newborns. Carnitine deficiency occurs when the body has a shortage of levocarnitine. Levocarnitine oral solution makes up for the body’s lack of levocarnitine and helps give the body more energy.

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What is levocarnitine made from?
Levocarnitine is a naturally occurring substance required in energy metabolism.

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What is levocarnitine injection?
Levocarnitine injection contains the active ingredient levocarnitine. It is used to treat low blood levels of carnitine in patients on dialysis due to serious kidney disease.


Content on this page was last updated on 31 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)