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Carnitor Injection

Carnitor Injection

Carnitor Injection Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Carnitor (levocarnitine) Injection is an amino acid supplement used to prevent and treat low blood levels of carnitine. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, muscle pain/weakness, swelling of hands/lower legs/feet, tingling skin, or body odor ("fishy" smell).

The recommended dose of Carnitor is 50 mg/kg given as a slow 2-3 minute bolus injection or by infusion. Carnitor may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Carnitor should be used only if prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Carnitor (levocarnitine) Injection Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is Patient Information Overview?

A concise overview of the drug for the patient or caregiver from First DataBank.

Carnitor Injection Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects

SIDE EFFECTS: Upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, muscle pain/weakness, swelling of hands/lower legs/feet, tingling skin, or body odor ("fishy" smell) may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Read the entire patient information overview for Carnitor Injection (Levocarnitine Injection)»

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

Carnitor Injection FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)

SIDE EFFECTS

Transient nausea and vomiting have been observed. Less frequent adverse reactions are body odor, nausea, and gastritis. An incidence for these reactions is difficult to estimate due to the confounding effects of the underlying pathology.

Seizures have been reported to occur in patients, with or without pre-existing seizure activity, receiving either oral or intravenous levocarnitine. In patients with pre-existing seizure activity, an increase in seizure frequency and/or severity has been reported.

The table below lists the adverse events that have been reported in two double-blind, placebo-controlled trials in patients on chronic hemodialysis. Events occurring at ≥ 5% are reported without regard to causality.

Adverse Events with a Frequency ≥ 5% Regardless of Causality by Body System

  Placebo
(n=63)
Levocarnitine
10 mg (n=34)
Levocarnitine
20 mg (n=62)
Levocarnitine
40 mg (n=34)
Levocarnitine
10, 20 & 40 mg (n=130)
Body as Whole
  Abdominal pain 17 21 5 6 9
  Accidental injury 10 12 8 12 10
  Allergic reaction 5 6     2
  Asthenia 8 9 8 12 9
  Back pain 10 9 8 6 8
  Chest pain 14 6 15 12 12
  Fever 5 6 5 12 7
  Flu syndrome 40 15 27 29 25
  Headache 16 12 37 3 22
  Infection 17 15 10 24 15
  Injection site reaction 59 38 27 38 33
  Pain 49 21 32 35 30
Cardiovascular
  Arrhythmia 5 3   3 2
  Atrial fibrillation     2 6 2
  Cardiovascular disorder 6 3 5 6 5
  Electrocardiogram abnormal   3   6 2
  Hemorrhage 6 9 2 3 4
  Hypertension 14 18 21 21 20
  Hypotension 19 15 19 3 14
  Palpitations   3 8   5
  Tachycardia 5 6 5 9 6
  Vascular disorder 2   2 6 2
Digestive
  Anorexia 3 3 5 6 5
  Constipation 6 3 3 3 3
  Diarrhea 19 9 10 35 16
  Dyspepsia 10 9 6   5
  Gastrointestinal disorder 2 3   6 2
  Melena 3 6     2
  Nausea 10 9 5 12 8
  Stomach atony 5        
  Vomiting 16 9 16 21 15
Endocrine System
  Parathyroid disorder 2 6 2 6 4
Hemic/Lymphatic
  Anemia 3 3 5 12 6
Metabolic/Nutritional
  Hypercalcemia 3 15 8 6 9
  Hyperkalemia 6 6 6 6 6
  Hypervolemia 17 3 3 12 5
  Peripheral edema 3 6 5 3 5
  Weight decrease 3 3 8 3 5
  Weight increase 2 3   6 2
Musculo-Skeletal
  Leg cramps 13   8   4
  Myalgia 6        
Nervous
  Anxiety 5   2   1
  Depression 3 6 5 6 5
  Dizziness 11 18 10 15 13
  Drug dependence 2 6     2
  Hypertonia 5 3     1
  Insomnia 6 3 6   4
  Paresthesia 3 3 3 12 5
  Vertigo   6     2
Respiratory
  Bronchitis     5 3 3
  Cough increase 16   10 18 9
  Dyspnea 19 3 11 3 7
  Pharyngitis 33 24 27 15 23
  Respiratory disorder 5        
  Rhinitis 10 6 11 6 9
  Sinusitis 5   2 3 2
Skin and Appendages
  Pruritis 13   8 3 5
  Rash 3   5 3 3
Special Senses
  Amblyopia 2   6   3
  Eye disorder 3 6 3   3
  Taste perversion     2 9 3
Urogenital
  Urinary tract infect 6 3 3   2
  Kidney failure 5 6 6 6 6

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