Levocarnitine

Description

Levocarnitine is a naturally occurring substance in the body, which is involved in protein, fat, and carbohydrate metabolism. It is an essential component of energy production. It is used as an injection in the treatment of carnitine deficiency associated with end-stage renal disorders.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Levocarnitine

  • Hypersensitivity
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Fever
  • Seizures

Uses of Levocarnitine

What is it prescribed for?

  • Primary systemic carnitine deficiency
  • Secondary carnitine deficiency
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The time required for this medicine to show its effect is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    There is no well-established clinical data available regarding the duration of action of this medicine.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is considered safe for consumption by pregnant women. However, discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is considered safe for use in breastfeeding women. However, discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to levocarnitine or any other components present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is considered safe for consumption by pregnant women. However, discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is considered safe for use in breastfeeding women. However, discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Renal diseases

Caution is advised while administering Levocarnitine to patients with kidney diseases due to the increased risk of adverse effects. Appropriate dose adjustments may be necessary for such patients based on the clinical condition.

Drug related body odour

The oral form of this medicine may cause body odor. Appropriate dose adjustments may be done to decrease or stop the body odor.

Gastrointestinal symptoms

The oral form of this medicine may cause adverse gastrointestinal symptoms. Report any side effects such as abdominal pain or vomiting to the doctor immediately. Appropriate dose adjustments may be done to decrease or stop the side effects.

Missed Dose

If a dose of Levocarnitine is missed, take the dose as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact a doctor immediately in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Anticoagulants

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Levocarnitine exactly as advised by your doctor. Do not take in larger amounts than advised or share this medicine with others. Ensure that the course of treatment is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
Levocarnitine helps in the transport of fatty acids into the cells for energy production. It also helps in balancing the levels of coenzyme A, a helper component which helps with enzyme function.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Intravenous nutritional products, Oral nutritional supplements

Schedule

N/A

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https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00583

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Information on this page was last updated on 10 Aug 2017

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