What is this medicine?
LEVOCARNITINE (lee voe KAR ni teen) is a nutritional supplement. It used to treat people who do not have enough carnitine in their body.
This supplemnet 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?
This medicine is for injection or infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
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?
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine. 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?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
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.