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Side effects of activated charcoal tablets

A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Sterling
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SaveItForABarbeque: Activated charcoal adsorbs lots of stuff but is not used for"food poisoning"unless due to a toxic chemical,not the type of food poisoning from bacteri... Read More

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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
No: Activated charcoal is unlikely to treat the side effects of chemo. You should talk to her doctor as there are medications to address side effects of c... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morey Furman
Dentistry 37 years experience
Yes : If bad breath is coming from you stomach, activated charcoal will help neutralize the odor. If it is coming from your mouth ir from gum disease it wil... Read More
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 24 years experience
No: Activated charcoal will bind to gastric contents. It is used for injestion of toxic substances. It won't affect your breath, nor will it improve oral... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
No: Charcoal is an inert absorptive substance. It will not alter the course of ibs.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Yes but....: If two hours had passed then the birth control pill was likely already absorbed. It is important to know why you were taking Charcoal tablets. These a... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Yes: We have a hard time treating ibs. Many things are contributing to the discomfort and charcoal(used in moderation) if helpful, is probably O.K.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Unknown: It is not natural to eat activated charcoal. Also, such products are not real medicines but are sold as supplements, meaning their exact contents, eff... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Sometimes: Some people do get constipation, particularly if not drinking a lot of water with charcoal. Can usually overcome with good hydration, fruits (prunes i... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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NO: NO. The charcoal is inert and will not interfere with BC pills.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Safe & ineffective: Activated charcoal is safe but is unlikely to address your symptoms. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional hist... Read More

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