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Dr. Harold Feldman
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Carnitine (Overview)

Carnitine is a quaternary ammonium compound biosynthesized from the Amino Acids lysine and methionine. In living cells, it is required for the transport of fatty acids from the cytosol into the mitochondria during the breakdown of lipids (fats) for the generation of metabolic energy. It is widely available as a nutritional supplement.


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What is the definition or description of: carnitine?

What is the definition or description of: carnitine?

See below: Carnitine is a quaternary ammonium compound biosynthesized from the Amino Acids lysine and methionine. In living cells, it is required for the transport of fatty acids from the cytosol into the mitochondria during the breakdown of lipids (fats) for the generation of metabolic energy. It is widely available as a nutritional supplement. ...Read more

Dr. Harold Feldman
181 doctors shared insights

Carnitine (Overview)

Carnitine is a quaternary ammonium compound biosynthesized from the Amino Acids lysine and methionine. In living cells, it is required for the transport of fatty acids from the cytosol into the mitochondria during the breakdown of lipids (fats) for the generation of metabolic energy. It is widely available as a nutritional supplement.


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Does carnitine liquid work for weight loss if you do lots of sports?

Does carnitine liquid work for weight loss if you do lots of sports?

Possibly: There are not really a lot of good scientific studies but understanding how it works, when exercising and taking in a low to moderate amount of carbohydrate there have been reports of enhanced weight loss with liquid carnitine. ...Read more

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Complex, coq10, l-carnitine, vitamin e, and i'm also prescribed atenolol and lisinopril. Are these dangerous if i take them together?

Complex, coq10, l-carnitine, vitamin e, and i'm also prescribed atenolol and lisinopril. Are these dangerous if i take them together?

Sounds OK: An interaction between these sounds unlikely. I would feel pretty safe taking these although I am not sure waht complex is -- sounds like a multivitamin? They should not be taken in excessive amounts. ...Read more

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I am currently taking abilify. 1 mg evey other day. I want to start taking a supplement called acetyl-l-carnitine to help with focus and mind energy. ?

I am currently taking abilify. 1 mg evey other day. I want to start taking a supplement called acetyl-l-carnitine to help with focus and mind energy. ?

Might also try...: Acetyl-l-carnitine is a very safe naturally-occurring substance that your own body produces & has no known interactions with abilify. It may even help reduce toxicity from abilify. There is evidence that vitamin c, vitamin e, manganese and b vitamins may protect against tardive dyskenesia, a rare but serious side effect. I also advise very low doses of lithium for those on abilify, see comments:. ...Read more

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What are the good benefits of l-carnitine redox fat in my body? Is it safe? What is the best time to take? What are the side effects? And bad effects?

What are the good benefits of l-carnitine redox fat in my body? Is it safe? What is the best time to take? What are the side effects? And bad effects?

Not really known: That sounds like an advertised product with claims of helping muscles, athletics, or overall health. One should ask her doctor if the product is a real medication, approved by the fda for treating anything. If the product is not a real medicine that has undergone years of testing and research then one cannot tell for sure if it works or not, and one also cannot know what its side effects might be. ...Read more

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Does l-carnitine reduce high blood pressure?

Does l-carnitine reduce high blood pressure?

Yes & no: Animal study showed it lowered systolic BP in animals with elevated BP but not in normo-tensive animals. Other studies show improvement in BP (as well as Insulin resistance & erectile dysfunction) with acetyl-carnitine. If you're on BP med already, adding (acetyl)carnitine may drop BP too low. Discuss w/ fp before adding/using this supplement. ...Read more

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I take low dose synthroid, is it ok to take l- carnitine?

I take low dose  synthroid, is it ok to take l- carnitine?

It won't: affect the Synthroid, but won't help you either, unless you just like putting unknown toxins in your body and wasting your money. Don't get your scientific information from friends, tv or internet scams. ...Read more