Cardispan is the first review we have performed on an injectable substance. As a dietary aid, cardispan is basically an injectable form of L-carnitine that has been touted as a weight loss aid and a possible solution for genuine spot reduction. The general idea is to inject Cardispan into problem areas where stubborn fat is held. This is a prescription drug in some countries, but is not produced or sold in the United States or United Kingdom, other than through international shipping from countries who are famous for “other injectables” such as Mexico. It is important to note that this product is not legal for use as a weight loss substance in the United States and thus, we cannot recommend its production, sale, purchase or use in this territory or any other territory where it may be a violation of the law to use it.
Our initial reaction to this product is simple: do not inject yourself with anything if you are not under the supervision and guidance of a qualified medical professional. We can’t stress this point enough: injections are not simple business and there are genuine cases of individuals causing irreparable harm to themselves by performing injections wrong – whether this is steroids, B12 or L-carnitine, there is an inherent risk in untrained individuals attempting to perform intramuscular, intravenous or subcutaneous injections.
With that said, those who have consulted their physician and received guidance on the topic should weigh up the options they have and whether there is a sufficient benefit to injectable L-carnitine before undergoing the process. It is important to understand the benefits and scientific evidence surrounding the supplement in order to make an informed decision. This article will discuss the effectiveness of the injectable form of L-carnitine and will discuss whether there are sufficient benefits to justify considering injections.
L-carnitine is an incredibly common and naturally-occurring substance that is essential for the metabolism of fatty acids. Deficiency in L-carnitine is uncommon but significantly debilitating, negatively effecting the health of blood and a variety of tissues. For those who are attempting to address such an issue, the most sensible course of action is to discuss a remedy with a physician – L-carnitine injections may be their proposed solution but it should not be the first consideration for these individual where dietary or oral supplements are possible.
Initial concerns have been raised by users that there is some nausea, swelling, dizziness, soreness, vomiting, diarrhoea, renal damage or seizures associated with the injection of this product. These are some of the inherent risks of self-injecting a compound that is not necessary to the body’s function (except in cases of deficiency) and should come as no surprise. We would hazard a guess that the more severe negative reactions – such as renal failure and seizure – are related to poor injection practices where the individual may have nicked a vein and, consequently, injected L-carnitine intravenously. This could account for raising blood pressures tremendously (a possible cause for seizures) and increasing the quantity of L-carnitine in the kidney, which may be associated with renal damage. We cannot advise strongly enough against the use of this product as a weight loss solution and even medicinal/therapeutic use should not be self-injected.
Initial research also suggests that excessive intake, or poor processing of, L-Carnitine may be linked to the development of chronic kidney disease. When excessive carnitine is consumed or poorly processed (due, for example, to injection of L-carnitine solution into the bloodstream), it is excreted from the kidneys in the form of trimethylamine – when excessive quantities of this are excreted, they are linked to the development of renal insufficiency (or kidney failure) and the development of chronic kidney disease .
The injection of this product makes very little sense. Whilst L-carnitine is a product that can have positive effects, this is primarily through the metabolism of oral forms (as it is mostly found in dietary sources and, strangely enough, not usually injected intramuscularly), where it is converted to ALCAR. ALCAR has profound effects on the improvement of cell metabolism and is responsible for the transfer of fatty acids into cellular mitochondria for the sake of energy production. However, without oral ingestion of this substance, there has been no clinical evidence for the mechanism or efficacy of an injectable form. Additionally, and perhaps frustrating to those who have already purchased the product, L-carnitine is only likely to have a fat-burning effect in those who are already deficient in the substance .
There should also be concerns for the dosages associated with the injectable form of L-carnitine: as the substance is illegal, it’s trade is shrouded in dishonesty and mystery. Typical doses cannot easily be established and there is very little reason to trust the descriptions, but packaging suggests that each injection of 5ml contains 1g of carnitine. Whilst it is difficult to establish the absorption and recruitment rates of different delivery methods (oral vs injection), it is interesting to note that 1g is only a quarter of the quantity of L-C used in clinical trials – even the, clinical trials showed almost no effect. It could be the case that gastrointestinal processes reduce the absorption and effectiveness of L-carnitine, but it is also plausible to suggest that there would be some interferential processes associated with an intramuscular injection. Overall, there is a huge gap in the science on this subject due to the illegality of the substance across the English-speaking world, and it makes it impossible to gauge the effectiveness of the product. However, if we assume that there is even a 400% effectiveness improvement by weight in favour of injectables, the clinical evidence suggests that it will ultimately be ineffective anyway!
If we haven’t already dissuaded you from using this product, then it may serve well to consider the practical difficulties associated with this product. Firstly, its illegality in major territories like the United States means that it is almost impossible to acquire in these areas. The supply online is limited and requires dealing with fundamentally shifty people (who would’ve thought that black market pharmaceuticals could be sold by shady characters?!) and hoping that you do not become embroiled in a felony. The FDA has classified the use of injectable Carnitine as illegal for weight loss purposes and, without a doctor’s script for the substance (which are all but impossible to acquire), this means breaking the law and possibly being reprimanded. Secondly, the actual task of shipping black market pharmaceuticals involves the difficulty of not having your shipments seized by customs: a difficult challenge when they’re crossing international and state borders.
Assuming that you manage to acquire the products and not alert the authorities on the way, the question of the practicalities of injectable dietary aids is something that needs to be addressed. There are numerous concerns, but the chief among them are 1) ‘are you really willing to subject yourself to invasive injections in order to potentially (but probably not) reduce your body fat in certain areas?’ and, 2) the very real danger that you are going to mortally harm yourself by performing poor self-injections. These two concerns should, again, be sufficient to prove that there is very little benefit to the use of Cardispan and there are considerable risks.
The difficulty of even acquiring a source for these vials is incredibly high. The online trade appears to be incredibly unreliable and there are no protections for those who are looking to buy. Since the product is illegal in the United States, there is no recourse for those who have had their money taken: how many cases have you heard of someone reporting a drug dealer for selling the poor quality drugs? The reason that individuals are so easily scammed on these “miraculous” illegal weight loss drugs is that they are illegal and reporting a poor service makes one complicit in an illicit drug trade. Again, the disadvantages associated with the product clearly outweigh the potential benefits many-fold.
Finally, it is important to remember that Carnitines are found in food sources (primarily meat, eggs and fish) and can be supplemented orally. There may be some case to be made for supplementing oral L-C, as weak as its effects are, but there is definitely a strong case for always choosing the oral carnitine supplement over the injectable: no risk of conviction, scamming or accidental renal failure! We recommend going with the tablet, if you feel that an L-Carnitine product is necessary at all.
We cannot advocate for the use of this product at all. Not only is it illegal but it is ineffective, dangerous and unnecessarily difficult to attain. There is no legitimate reason to invest in this product and the associated legal, medical and performance risks are in no way justified. Our summary of this article is simple: don’t buy illegal drugs that might kill you, just fix your diet up, exercise well and be patient. Spot reduction is not worth the hassle and it probably doesn’t even work.
 Tang et al (2015): ‘Gut microbiota-dependent trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) pathway contributes to both development of renal insufficiency and mortality risk in chronic kidney disease’. Circulation research, 116(3), pp.448-455
 Villani et al (2000): ‘L-carnitine supplementation combined with aerobic training does not promote weight loss in moderately obese women’. International journal of sports nutrition and exercise metabolism, 10(2), pp.199-207
Steven has researched over 500 weight-loss programs, pills, shakes and diet plans. He has also worked with nutritionists specializing in weight loss while coaching people on how to transform their physiques and live healthy lives.
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