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Levocarnitine is used for the treatment of carnitine deficiency. It includes a group of metabolic muscle diseases that prevents body from utilizing fats for energy during fasting.

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


Q. Is levocarnitine OTC?
Levocarnitine is not an OTC. It is sold only upon a prescription by a registered medical practitioner.
Q. Is levocarnitine the same as l-carnitine?
Levocarnitine is otherwise known as l-carnitine.
Q. Is levocarnitine a steroid?
No. Levocarnitine is an amino acid derivative.

Content on this page was last updated on 13 October, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)