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L-Carnitine Oral tablet
Generic Name: levocarnitine | Brand Name: L-Carnitine
What is this medicine?LEVOCARNITINE (lee voe KAR ni teen) is a prescription nutritional supplement. It used to treat people who do not have enough carnitine in their body.
This supplement may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- kidney disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to levocarnitine, carnitine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What if I miss a dose?If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
What should I watch for while using this medicine?Visit your doctor or health care professional for check ups as directed. You will need to have regular blood checks.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- fast, irregular heartbeat
- feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
- high blood pressure
- pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
- swelling or fluid retention
- unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- body odor
- nausea, vomiting
- stomach cramps
Where should I keep my medicine?Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at 25 degrees C (68 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.