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Levocarnitine Solution for injection

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.

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 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

  • fever

  • high blood pressure

  • pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet

  • seizures

  • 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

  • diarrhea

  • nausea, vomiting

  • stomach cramps

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • carnitine

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

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

  • seizures

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to levocarnitine, carnitine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

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.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 6/23/2009
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