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When should I call my doctor when taking carnitine?

If you are taking carnitine, which is available in a number of forms, including L-carnitine, acetyl-L-carnitine and propionyl-L-carnitine, your doctor should be aware of it before you start. Side effects may include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, heartburn, diarrhea, body odors and seizures. Your urine may smell fishy. With acetyl-L-carnitine, you may experience restlessness and agitation. If you have any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor.

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