Important Info on Acetyl-L-Carnitine
Dosing InformationAs with most dietary supplements, there is no well-established standard dosage for acetyl-L-carnitine, although some information can be obtained from clinical trials that used the supplement.
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Are There Side Effects?Even though it is a "natural" product, acetyl-L-carnitine can cause side effects. In general, however, the supplement is well tolerated, especially if used appropriately.
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Drug InteractionsAcetyl-L-carnitine may interact with at least one medication (see Acetyl-L-Carnitine Drug Interactions).
Safety Issues With Acetyl-L-CarnitineThis supplement is generally considered safe for many people, especially when used appropriately. However, some people may be more likely to experience problems with it than others. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking acetyl-L-carnitine if you have:
- An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Any chronic medical condition
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Acetyl-L-Carnitine and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Acetyl-L-Carnitine and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medicines you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
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