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Is carnitine regulated by the FDA?

Prescription carnitine is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a drug, which is given to premature infants and people with certain diseases.

In the form of a dietary supplement, however, carnitine is regulated by the FDA as food -- which means the agency does not require that the manufacturer prove it is either safe or effective. If a nutritional supplement proves to be unsafe, however, the FDA can remove it from the market.

The FDA also does not evaluate health claims made about dietary supplements. It is up to consumers to educate themselves about evidence and brands before buying supplements.

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