Carnitine is a naturally occurring substance, which is essential for fatty acid oxidation and energy production. Without it, long-chain fatty acids cannot cross from cellular cytoplasma into the mitochondria and out again, resulting in loss of energy and toxic accumulations of free fatty acids. Ninety-five percent of the body' carnitine is found in cardiac and skeletal tissue; these muscles rely upon fatty acid oxidation for most of their energy.


Dietary supplementation of L-Carnitine for individuals who may benefit from supplementation of this essential nutrient. Renal dialysis patients and individuals with immune system deficiencies may benefit from L-Carnitine supplementation.


None reported.


As a dietary supplement: Adults, one gram daily or as directed by physician, registered dietician or nutritionist. Children, as directed by physician.


250mg tablets in bottles of 90 NDC 54022-2100-1

500mg scored caplets in bottles of 30 NDC 54022-2120-1

500mg chewable wafers in bottles of 30 NDC 54022-2700-1

500mg capsules in bottles of 30 NDC 54022-2800-1


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2) Anemia and Carnitine Supplementation in Hemodialyzed Patients. Kletzmajr, J., et al., Kidney International, 55(Suppl 69):S93-S106, March 1999

3) Carnitine and its Derivatives in Cardiovascular Disease. Arsenian, M.A., Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, 40(3):265-286, Nov.-Dec. 1997