Carnitor Injection

Last updated on RxList: 5/1/2018
Carnitor Injection Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 5/1/2018

Carnitor (levocarnitine) Injection is an amino acid supplement used to prevent and treat low blood levels of carnitine. Carnitor Injection is available in generic form. Common side effects of Carnitor Injection include:

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.

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Carnitor Injection Consumer Information
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)

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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, placebocontrolled 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
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
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
Pruritus 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

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Carnitor Injection (Levocarnitine Injection)

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