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- What is levocarnitine-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for levocarnitine-oral?
- Is levocarnitine-oral available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for levocarnitine-oral?
- What are the side effects of levocarnitine-oral?
- What is the dosage for levocarnitine-oral?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with levocarnitine-oral?
- Is levocarnitine-oral safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about levocarnitine-oral?
What is levocarnitine-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Levocarnitine (Carnitor) is a naturally occurring substance that the cells of mammals need to produce energy. It is used to treat carnitine deficiency. Carnitine is a small protein that binds to and helps transport fatty acids into the mitochondria, the site of energy production within cells. In the mitochondria, carnitine binds to and removes toxins from the cells.
Carnitine deficiency is a condition that prevents the body from using certain fats for energy and causes a variety of symptoms including severe brain dysfunction (encephalopathy), a weakened and enlarged heart (cardiomyopathy), muscle weakness, confusion, vomiting, and low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Levocarnitine corrects low carnitine levels and reverses symptoms of carnitine deficiency. The FDA approved levocarnitine in December 1985.
What brand names are available for levocarnitine-oral?
Carnitor, Carnitor Sugar-Free
Is levocarnitine-oral available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for levocarnitine-oral?
What are the side effects of levocarnitine-oral?
Common side effects include:
Other reported side effects include:
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- Vitamin K deficiency
- Increased risk of bleeding
- Rhabdomyolysis (break down of muscle tissue)
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