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Side effects of activated charcoal tablets

A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Sterling
A Verified Doctoranswered
46 years experience
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
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 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
38 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 25 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 38 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 23 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 45 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 34 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 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 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
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Absorbs...: ...Many drugs and toxins as well as gets bacteria to stick to it, and carries them out of the bowel.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 41 years experience
No: Activated charcoal binds to the medicine in the gut to prevent further absorption to the blood stream.
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