Brand Names : Carnitor, L-carnitine
- Carnitine deficiency prevention and therapy agent
Levocarnitine (lee-voe-KAR-ni-teen) is used to prevent and treat a lack of carnitine. It is
used to prevent and treat this condition in patients with kidney disease on
dialysis. It is given to people whose body cannot properly use carnitine from
their diet. Lack of carnitine can lead to liver, heart, and muscle problems.
Your doctor may treat lack of carnitine by prescribing levocarnitine for you.
Carnitine comes in two forms. Levocarnitine (L-carnitine) should not be
confused with the D,L-carnitine form (labeled as “vitamin B T
”'). Only the L-form of carnitine is used by the body to treat
serious carnitine deficiency. The D,L-form does not help the body use fat
and can actually interfere with and cause a lack of levocarnitine.
Certain levocarnitine products have been specifically approved by the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration for medical use and are available only with your
doctor's prescription. Other levocarnitine products are sold without a prescription
as food supplements and should not be used to treat serious levocarnitine
Levocarnitine is available by prescription in the following dosage forms:
Solution (U.S. and Canada)
Tablets (U.S. and Canada)
Injection (U.S. and Canada)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
In Canada -
Another commonly used name is L-carnitine