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 taken for an existing medical condition should always be discussed with a doctor first. As a guide for dosage:
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 is generally well tolerated.
Any side effects are usually mild.
At higher doses, side effects may include:
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:
If you are taking other medications seek advice from a doctor first before taking a carnitine based supplement.