Activated charcoal, made from common charcoal by heat in the presence of a gas that causes the development of pores in the charcoal.
- treat poisonings
- reduce intestinal gas
- lower cholesterol levels
- prevent hangovers
- treat bile flow problems during pregnancy
- Activated charcoal traps chemicals in its pores to prevent absorption.
- Activated charcoal has various side effects. These include:
- black stools
- slowing and/or blockage of intestinal tract
- regurgitation into the lungs
- In the case of pregnancy and/or breast-feeding, activated charcoal may be ok to use short-term, however a doctor should be consulted anyway before use.
- Do not use activated charcoal if you already have intestinal blockages and/or conditions that cause slow digestion of food.
- MAJOR INTERACTION: DO NOT TAKE THIS COMBINATION:
- IPECAC SYRUP CAN BIND TO ACTIVATED CHARCOAL IN THE STOMACH, DECREASING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF IPECAC SYRUP.
- Moderate Interactions: Be cautious with these combinations
- Consuming alcohol with activated charcoal could reduce the charcoal’s effectiveness in preventing the absorption of poisons.
- Consuming activated charcoal in addition to oral medication might decrease the oral medication’s effectiveness.
Carbo Activatus, Activated Carbon, Activated Coal