Activated Charcoal

Activated Charcoal- Drug Detail Profile

Category of DrugActivated Charcoal is an Antidotes and Substances Used in Poisoning
Mechanism of Action 
Indications Activated Charcoal is used for
1. Treatment of acute poisoning.
Well Known
Pharmaceutical Brands
Available dosage forms 1. POWDER
Contraindications 1. Poisoning by hydrocarbons with high
potential for harm if aspirated
2. Poisoning by corrosive substances-may prevent
visualization of lesions caused by poison
Precautions 1. Drowsy or unconscious patients-risk of
2. Not effective for poisoning with alcohols
3. Clofenotane
4. Cyanides
5. Malathion and metal salts including iron and lithium
Adverse Effects1. Black stools
2. Vomiting
3. Constipation
4. Diarrhoea
5. Pneumonitis-due to aspiration
Pregnancy Category 

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