Chemical Name: LEVOCARNITINE (lee-voe-KAR-ni-teen)
This medicine is an amino acid used to treat carnitine deficiency. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor. If you have serious kidney disease such as ESRD/dialysis, the intravenous (IV) form of carnitine should be used. The reason is that large doses of carnitine by mouth for long periods of time may result in serious side effects (e.g., seizures), interfere with dialysis (increased nitrogen wastes), and cause "fishy odor" to occur.
INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, including epilepsy, severe kidney disease, any allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. THIS MEDICINE MAY BE TAKEN WITH FOOD if it upsets your stomach. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. DO NOT USE D,L-CARNITINE (vitamin BT) which is available over-the-counter and in health food stores. D,L-carnitine may cause carnitine deficiency.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramping, diarrhea, or an unpleasant body odor. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience seizures. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.