Acetyl L-carnitine Dosage

Doses of carnitine based supplements will vary depending on the condition being treated or if it is being taken for general wellness or exercise benefits.

Doses between 1 and 3 grams of carnitine are usually taken. Greater quantities are more likely to cause side effects.

Incidentally, only about 2 grams of carnitine can be absorbed in one dose.

Carnitine Dosage for Conditions

Carnitine taken for an existing medical condition should always be discussed with a doctor first. As a guide for dosage:

  • Angina :a dose of carnitine between 1.5g and 2g a day
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a dose of 500mg 3 times a day
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD): between 2g & 4g a day

Carnitine Dosage for Exercise & Wellness

For body building, general exercise and wellness, a dose of 500mg, 3 times a day, is often advised by manufacturers of acetyl l-carnitine supplements.

Acetyl L-Carnitine Side Effects, Safety Risks & Dangers

Acetyl l-carnitine is generally well tolerated.

Any side effects are usually mild.

At higher doses, side effects may include:

  • diarrhea
  • rash
  • body odor
  • an increase in appetite

There are no known risks and dangers of carnitine. However, there are a number of conditions which l-carnitine supplements may cause complications. These may include medications for:

  • Cirrhosis – liver disease caused by alcohol
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure / Hypertension
  • Kidney Disease
  • PVD – Peripheral Vascular Disease

If you are taking other medications seek advice from a doctor first before taking a carnitine based supplement.