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Your Questions About Carnitine Dosage

June 30, 2012

Jenny asks…

L-carnitine for treatment of heart disease in dogs?

I was wondering if a human supplement would be okay to give him if I find the proper dosage for him. I would call his vet but obviously they are closed…

admin answers:

Then call again tomorrow.

As a general rule you “do not’ give dogs human meds unless told to do so by your Vet.

We are not Vets. We are not that educated in animal medicine.

Carol asks…

I have a 7lbs pomerain male dog and the vet said he has heart murmurs.?

He coughs ALOT and acts as though he is gaging.Please tell me what I can do to help him without the huge vet priceses. What is the dosage for L-Carnitine and Taurine for my 7lbs dog?

admin answers:

Collapsed Trachea: This is a condition in which the trachea, which carries air to the lungs, tends to collapse easily. The most common sign of a collapsed trachea is a chronic, dry, harsh cough that many describe as being similar to a “goose honk.” Since it can be caused by pulling too hard against a collar while walking, you should train your Pom to walk nicely beside you instead of pulling at the leash, or use a harness instead of a collar. Collapsed trachea can be treated medically or surgically.

To find out more about his health, please click on:

Laura asks…

Is it safe to take all these supplements together?

I was wondering if it’s okay to take a vitamin B12 pill, ripped fuel, CLA, L-Carnitine all together. I would definately stick to the recommended dosage and get PLENTYYY of water, but is it safe??

admin answers:

Why not? Rec. Dosage and you will be fine.

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Your Questions About Carnitine Benefits

June 29, 2012

Charles asks…

Which L-carnitine is best for relieving hyperthyroid symptoms?

L-carnitine fumarate is supposed to benefit the body most & L-carnitine acetyl benefits the mind. Because of that I would think that the L-carnitine fumarate would work best but maybe not. Nothing I’ve read has been specific about which L-carnitine to use for hyperthyroid only that it may prevent it or relieve symptoms.

admin answers:

If you’re looking for a good brand, Montiff is an excellent choice- it’s almost pharmaceutical grade. Stay away from the generic brand name stuff you see at health food stores.

Michael asks…

Should I supplement with the following amino acids: methionine, carnitine, CLA?

I read that CLA, Methionine, and Carnitine are beneficial amino acids for weight managment, muscle retnetion, etc.

I excercise daily, strength train a few times per week, and a fairly healthy diet. I don’t eat red meat or dairy.

Is it safe to use these supplements and is there benefit?

admin answers:

I use carnitine. It seems to help. I also do not eat red meat or dairy.

Donald asks…

Acetyl-l-carnitine and choline supplements?

I am taking 1000mg acetyl-l-carnitine and 500mg choline. They both help with the synthesis of acetylcholine. What are the differences between the two and what is the benefits of taking both of them?

I am mainly using them to improve mental alertness/focus and energy and they are working tremendously.

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Your Questions About Carnitine

June 29, 2012

Daniel asks…

Is it safe to take L-Carnitine to help lose weight if im on a prescripted medicine which is accutane?

I wanna lose weight and the guys from gnc recommended LCarnitine since im sensitive to caffeine but they say take 1 capsule in the morning which is the same time i have to take my accutane medicine for my mild acne. I was just wondering if it is safe to mix the two together? seeing as carnitine is just an amino acid thin?? Help?

admin answers:

You’re better off without the accutane, under any circumstances. Just use warm water, mild soap, and a dilute lemon-rinse, three times a day. That’s the best way to make mild acne better.

Accutane is getting some horror stories lately. People’s skin can get trashed, years down the road.

Paul asks…

How much water should i use to dilute 1gram of Acetyl l-Carnitine powder before drinking?

No i dont want to see a dietician. I’m a pretty heavy trainer and and i want to know how much water to use for every gram of acetyl l carnitine???? or doesnt it matter?

admin answers:

I don’t think it really matters – use enough to mix it and chug it.

Mark asks…

How should Carnitine Deficiency be treated in infants?

My cousin’s daughter has been diagnosed with Acid Reflux disease, some muscle diseases that the doctors don’t know what they are yet and Carnitine Deficiency. She’s on some meds for these problems. She has a Mic button in her stomach to eat with because she doesn’t eat right. She throws up a lot and it comes out of her mic button as well. Can anyone tell me what the normal treatment for carnitine deficiency is??

admin answers:

I copy this abstract for you, from the UCSF, Children’s Hospital Central California, 9300 Valley Children’s Place, Madera, CA 93638, USA
Abstract Summary: Carnitine deficiency is a secondary complication of many inborn errors of metabolism. Pharmacological treatment with carnitine not only corrects the deficiency, it facilitates removal of accumulating toxic acyl intermediates and the generation of mitochondrial free coenzyme A (CoA). The United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) approved the use of carnitine for the treatment of inborn errors of metabolism in 1992. This approval was based on retrospective chart analysis of 90 patients, with 18 in the untreated cohort and 72 in the treated cohort. Efficacy was evaluated on the basis of clinical and biochemical findings. Compelling data included increased excretion of disease-specific acylcarnitine derivatives in a dose–response relationship, decreased levels of metabolites in the blood, and improved clinical status with decreased hospitalization frequency, improved growth and significantly lower mortality rates as compared to historical controls. Complications of carnitine treatment were few, with gastrointestinal disturbances and odour being the most frequent. No laboratory or clinical safety issues were identified. Intravenous carnitine preparations were also approved for treatment of secondary carnitine deficiency. Since only 25% of enteral carnitine is absorbed and gastrointestinal tolerance of high doses is poor, parenteral carnitine treatment is an appealing alternative therapeutic approach. In 7 patients treated long term with high-dose weekly to daily venous boluses of parenteral carnitine through a subcutaneous venous port, benefits included decreased frequency of decompensations, improved growth, improved muscle strength and decreased reliance on medical foods with liberalization of protein intake. Port infections were the most troubling complication. Theoretical concerns continue to be voiced that carnitine might result in fatal arrhythmias in patients with long-chain fat metabolism defects. No published clinical studies substantiate these concerns. Carnitine treatment of inborn errors of metabolism is a safe and integral part of the treatment regime for these disorders.
(This revised version was published online in August 2006 with corrections to the Cover Date.)

Hope this helps
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Your Questions About Carnitine Deficiency

June 28, 2012

Mandy asks…

What is Carnitine Deficiency?

I would like to know what is Carnitine Deficiency?

admin answers:

Carnitine Deficiency Syndromes

this article is more indepth

Plz let me know if you need further help in searching this syndrome.

Richard asks…

pyruvate oxidation in carnitine deficiency?

i know that pyruvate oxidation in carnitine deficiency is not impaired. i’m just not sure why. can someone please explain? i’d really appreciate it. thanks :)

admin answers:

Why would pyruvate oxidation be impaired? Carnitine is a fatty acid carrier.

Lizzie asks…

Is there a difference between “carnitine deficiency” and an “SCADD” (short chain deficiency)?

My son died 2 hours after an induced labor (37 weeks) of “metabollic acidosis” coupled with severe anemia. I was on two epilepsy meds, depakote (which depletes carnitine levels — mine were LOW but they didn’t know this till later) and zonegran (which killed my appetite, resulting in fasting which is apparently horrible if you’re already low on carnitine). They found he was carnitine deficient and/or had an SCADD — it didn’t occur to me until now — are these two separate things? Can the SCADD be a result of a carnitine deficiency linked to the depakote? (They have no idea what caused the anemia, other than possibly bleeding into the placenta after the cord was cut.) I am still puzzling over this…thanks!

admin answers:

According to
“Primary carnitine deficiency is a condition that prevents the body from using fats for energy, particularly during periods without food (fasting).”
I know this is for primary cases, and you’re suggesting this case was medication induced, but that was all I could find :( .

SCADD on the other hand is discussed more as a autosomal recessive genetic disorder. So each time you have a child, there may be a 25% chance of having it again in that child. The children tend to get hypoglycemic which can result in the metabolic acidsosis.

I wish I knew more. It sounds like you are worried that your medications may have somehow worsened all this and I’m very sorry for your loss. Personally as an MD student, it does not sound like your medications should have contributed much. If they did, then it was your doctor’s responsibility to take you off the meds and maybe on a safer alternative. I hope you feel better. I’ll leave the links for you in case you are interested in reading on it.

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Your Questions About Carnitine

June 27, 2012

Betty asks…


how effective is carnitine in helping weight loss? I’m taking, it and i just was curious if it was at all effective. thanks.

admin answers:

It supports heart health. It will not make you lose weight.

Sandra asks…

What is the difference between acetyl l-carnitine and regular l-carnitine?

What is the difference between acetyl l-carnitine and regular l-carnitine, this suppliment is going to be used for a suspected case of hyperthyroidism.

admin answers:

Acetyl-L-carnitine seems to help brain functions and improve memory.

L-carnitine seems to help in the metabolisation of fats during exercise.

Thomas asks…

How effective are chromium picolinate and L-carnitine for loosing weight?

How effective are chromium picolinate and L-carnitine for loosing weight? How many kilos have you lost taking these two supplements? Is it safe to combine both suplements?

admin answers:

I’m taking both of those you mentioned but only because i need a little help. I religiously workout 1 hr 6x a week, i minimize my salt intake, just boiled chicken, half cup rice, fruits, i alternate fish ( steamed or fried in omega 9 oil ), steamed veggies, i stopped drinking sodas even the diet ones. I take l cartinine after i work out each morning and i take the chromium before i retire at night ( tho it will make you pee a lot ). I have lost a total of 15lbs in 2 months. I cannot say that the supplements made the weight lose, my workout and diet complimented the supplements. I also drink green tea after my dinner ( just plain wheat bread and peanut butter). It;s hard to lose weight but i am determined to win this battle. Email me if you need some more advise. Good luck.

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