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Charcoal, Activated
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Charcoal, Activated Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(CHAR kole AK tiv ay ted)

U.S. Brand Names

Actidose-Aqua® [OTC]; Actidose® with Sorbitol [OTC]; Char-Caps [OTC]; CharcoAid® G [OTC]; Charcoal Plus® DS [OTC]; CharcoCaps® [OTC]; EZ-Char™ [OTC]; Kerr Insta-Char® [OTC]; Requa® Activated Charcoal [OTC]

Canadian Brand Names

Charcadole®; Charcadole® TFS; Charcadole®, Aqueous

Mexican Brand Names


Pharmacologic Category


Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to charcoal or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have any of the following conditions: Gastrointestinal bleeding or intestinal blockage.

How does it work?

• Charcoal absorbs the poison and removes it from the body.

• It absorbs gas.

How is it best taken?


• This medicine will be given to you by a healthcare provider.


• Take this medicine after meals.

• Swallow tablet or capsule whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

• Take this medicine with a full glass of water.

• Mix powder with water.

• Mix with chocolate, cola, or fruit juice to improve taste.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible, after a meal.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect capsules and tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2010-03-18 15:04:08.0

Modified: 2010-04-07 11:42:15.0

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