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What is Carnitor (Levocarnitine) prescribed for?
Carnitor is a medication that is prescribed as a diet supplement used to prevent and give treatment for low blood levels of carnitine (Which is a substance made within the body from meat and dairy products). This medication helps the body use various chemicals, to create energy and to keep you in good health. The occurrence of low blood levels of carnitine, is something that may occur in people whose bodies cannot properly use the carninite from their diets, or people that are on Dialysis that suffer from kidney disease, and other people being treated with other medications.
This medication is best to be taken with meals, or just after you have eaten. This is to reduce the risk of having stomach pains. If you are taking more than one dose a day, take them spaced out evenly throughout the day, the best would be about 3 to 4 hours apart from one another.
Remember that this dosage is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment. Do not increase your dose or take this medication for longer then what has been prescribed. Also note that in order to gain the most benefit however, you must take this medication regularly and at the dosage given to you.
If your condition persists or worsens, seek medical attention and speak with your doctor.
Before taking this medication it is best to let your doctor know if you are allergic to levocarnitine, or if you have anyother allergies. And be sure to speak to your doctor about your medical history, especially if you have experienced any of the following; kidney disease, seizures.
Some of these side effects may occur, however if any of them persist or worsen make sure to speak with your doctor promptly; upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, muscle pain and weakness, swelling of the hands/lower legs/feet, singling skin or body order, a fishy smell may occur.
A rare but very serious side effect to this medication is seizures, make sure to seek medical help right away if this happens to you.
Allergic reactions may happen, however very rare. Seek medical attention if any of these begin to effect you; rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your pets treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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