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i have heard of & have seen paramedics carrying activated charcoal. what is this used for and what effect does it have?

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Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Soaks up poison: Activated charcoal is used when a person has taken a poison overdose of some sort, including an overdose of certain medications. It used to be that syrup of ipecac was used to induce vomiting, but that can be dangerous in some situations, so is no longer used. Colleagues? Correct me if i'm wrong on this. Lgromkomd.

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What are the effects of activated charcoal?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Absorbs...: ...Many drugs and toxins as well as gets bacteria to stick to it, and carries them out of the bowel.
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How long will activated charcoal stay in your system?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Depends on bowel...: ...Transit time. Ac stays in the bowel, never goes anywhere else in the body, so when you no longer see charcoal in the stool, it's gone.
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Can you mix activated charcoal with your toothpaste?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Conconctions: You can do whatever you like. It makes no sense to me. Why would you want to do that?
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Could activated charcoal work as a toothpaste?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Abrasive: The power most likely will be too abrasive for your teeth. You will wear them away and need a fair amount of restorative dentistry to correct the damage. Use toothpaste and you will be better off.
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