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Carnitine

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 1, 2022.

What are other common names?

  • Aminocarnitine
  • B Factor
  • Carnitina
  • Carnitor
  • D-Carnitine
  • DL-Carnitine
  • Karnitin
  • L-Carnitine
  • L-Carnitine Fumarate
  • L-Carnitine L-Tartrate
  • L-Carnitine Tartrate
  • Levocarnitine
  • Levocarnitine Fumurate
  • ST-198
  • Vitacarn
  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamine B

What is this product used for?

Carnitine is used to help keep blood levels normal in people who are born with carnitine problems.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with other drugs or natural products.

  • This product may interfere with some lab tests. Be sure to talk with your doctor about this and all drugs you are taking.

  • Be sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breastfeeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this natural product.

  • Be sure to tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this natural product.

  • This product may not work as well if you are taking drugs for seizures. These are drugs like carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, or valproic acid.

  • This product may not work as well if you are taking the antibiotic pivampicillin.

  • If you have blood sugar problems, keep hard candies, glucose tablets, liquid glucose, or juice on hand for low blood sugar.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Blood sugar problems

    • Heart disease

    • Blood vessel problems

    • Cholesterol problems

    • Kidney problems

    • Seizures

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Stomach cramps

  • Heartburn

  • Fishy odor in urine, breath, and sweat

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away. Go to the ER right away.

  • Signs of low blood sugar. These include hunger, dizziness, shaking, a fast heartbeat, confusion, or sweating.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad belly pain

  • Very bad loose stools

  • Trouble sleeping or nervousness

  • Muscle weakness

  • Seizures

Last Reviewed Date

2021-04-21

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