Bad reaction to Acetyl L-Carnitine


Just wanted to post a quick note about a bad reaction to Acetyl L-Carnitine in case my experience might help someone else identify a possible bad reaction to it...

After reading several posts about how Acetyl L-Carnitine might help promote added energy and reduced brain-fog, and after experiencing a period with mild but annoying amounts of both of these, I decided to give it a try.   The supplements did seem to increase mental focus, but unfortunately, after two 500mg doses (@ 12 hours apart), I started noticing a worsening of my rosacea symptoms (much increased flushing and burning and some increase in rashes) along with a dull headache, sleep disturbances, heart palps and asthma like lung congestion.   It lasted for the three days I continued to take the supplements and cleared up about a day after I stopped taking them (and tossed them in the trash to avoid any temptation to take them again!).  

BTW, I seem to react badly to many of the supplements that others on this site find helpful so I may be the exception in this case as well.    But, I think I'll stick with a couple of strong mugs of coffee to help minimize the effects of the brain fog as although I know caffeine is not recommended, it seems to help with little or no bad reaction for me. 

Anyway, just thought relating my experience with this supplement might help someone else in the future... 


On Combined Antibiotic Protocol for Cpn in Rosacea since 01/06

I find coffee works wonders for me, too, Red.  Doesn't take much, but it really clears my brain.  LifeontheIce and I had coffee-adventures while visiting Rica's goats.  I don't recommend the little coffeepots and pods at the Omni Hotel chain!

  The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.  Mohandas Gandhi

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. Mohandas Gandhi

I just started taking acetyl l carnitine and WOW!!!!  For the first two days (at only 250mg each day) I had more energy and did not experience 1 minute of fatigue.  But then day 3 hit and I could barely get off my chair.  I believe that this is a die off.  Oh soo lucky.

So I have not taken it (carnitine) for the last two days and will work up.  It was amazing while it lasted and I hope to get up to snuff soon with it.



start doxy/azith 10/05 Start tini 1/06

dx ms

dx ms 1996. started cap 10/05. Started with tini pulses switched to flagyl pulses. Now almost on continous 500mg flagyl but do need breaks. On mino 100mg/day biaxin 1000mg day and NAC 600mg. ldn 2.0mg.