Levocarnitine is prescribed for the prevention and treatment of carnitine deficiency in:
• Primary carnitine deficiency, where the cause of the deficiency is not known
• Secondary carnitine deficiency, due to inborn errors of metabolism
like medium chain fatty acylCoA dehydrogenase deficiency.
Other patients who may also suffer from carnitine deficiency and may benefit from levocarnitine treatment include:
• Patients on dialysis with kidney disease
. The oral form should not be used in these patients.
• Individuals who take certain medicines such as zidovudine
and valproic acid.
Levocarnitine is a naturally occurring substance that plays a role in the breakdown of long-chain fatty acids. This process provides energy to the body and also helps to get rid of the excess fats which could be harmful.