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What is Levocarnitine used for?

Levocarnitine is an amino acid used to prevent and treat carnitine deficiency. It is prescribed for people whose body is unable to properly use carnitine from their diet, and for people who are being treated with certain drugs such as valproic acid and zidovudine. Low blood levels of carnitine can lead to liver, heart, and muscle problems. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Levocarnitine?

The dosage of Levocarnitine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Take Levocarnitine with meals to lessen stomach upset.

What if you miss a dose of Levocarnitine?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Levocarnitine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Levocarnitine?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Levocarnitine, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Levocarnitine?

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Levocarnitine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Levocarnitine?

Like other medicines, Levocarnitine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Levocarnitine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Levocarnitine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Levocarnitine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Levocarnitine can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, body odor, and muscle pain. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Levocarnitine.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Levocarnitine?

Is it possible for me to take Levocarnitine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Levocarnitine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Levocarnitine?
How will Levocarnitine work in my body?
How should Levocarnitine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Levocarnitine drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Levocarnitine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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