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Charcoal, a bioactive form of activated charcoal is used to treat gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhoea, indigestion, flatulence-related abdominal pain. Charcoal is also used to alleviate dialysis-related itching and to treat poisoning and drug overdose/toxicity.

Pharmacodynamics

No information available

Pharmacokinetics

No information available

Charcoal Indications / Charcoal Uses

No information available

Charcoal Adverse Reactions / Charcoal Side Effects

No information available

Precautions

Charcoal should not be used in patients with any other serious illness, renal diseases and hepatic disorders.

Special Precautions

No information available

Other Drug Interactions

No information available

Other Interactions

Charcoal should be taken at least one hour before or after administration of any other medications. Binding nature of Charcoal may render the drug ineffective.

Dosage

Gastrointestinal Decontamination (Adults):
For a single dose, 25-100 g of activated charcoal can be administered either by oral or via nasogastric intubation. For multiple doses, initial dose of 50-100 g of activated charcoal either as an oral or via nasogastric intubation can be given. For maintenance dose, 12.5 g, every hour should be administered.


For Flatulence (Adults):
As capsules and tablets, 500 – 1400 mg of activated charcoal can be given up to 4 times a day.
 
For Gastrointestinal Decontamination (Pediatric):
For a single dose, in less than one year infants, 0.5 to 1 g/kg or 10 – 25 g can be given as either oral or nasogastric intubation. For children 1-12 years, 0.5 to 1 g/kg or 25-50 g can be given either as oral or nasogastric intubation. For adolescents 13-18 years, single dose of 25-100 g activated charcoal can be given either by oral or via nasogastric intubation.
For multiple doses (<13 years), 10-25 g of activated charcoal either by oral or via nasogastric intubation with a maintenance dose of 1-2 g/kg, every 2-4 hours. For adolescents 13-18 years, an initial dose of 50-100 g of activated charcoal should be administered either by oral or via nasogastric intubation with a maintenance dose of 12.5 g, every hour.
 
For Flatulence (Pediatric):
For children 3-18 years old, 500 – 1040 mg of activated charcoal should be given, up to 4 times a day.

Food(before/after)

Information not available

List of Contraindications

Charcoal and Pregnancy

The safety of Charcoal in pregnancy is not adequately studied. Consult a healthcare provider before using Charcoal.

Charcoal and Lactation

It is not known whether the Charcoal particles may pass through the breast milk or not. Nursing mothers should consult a physician before taking Charcoal.

Charcoal and Children

In children younger than one year of age, Charcoal should not be given without a paediatrician’s advice.

Charcoal and Geriatic

No specific information

Charcoal and Other Contraindications

No specific information

Storage

Store at room temparature

Lab interference

Store at room temparature

Charcoal brands in India:

Enzopep Nutrozyme Tab

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