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What are the effects of activated charcoal?

What are the effects of activated charcoal?

Absorbs...: ...Many drugs and toxins as well as gets bacteria to stick to it, and carries them out of the bowel. ...Read more

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Is it possible to use activated charcoal to pass a drug test?

Is it possible to use activated charcoal to pass a drug test?

No: Once the drug is absorbed from the gut, activated charcoal will not help. It just prevents the drug from being absorbed. ...Read more

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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?

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

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. ...Read more

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Are activated charcoal tablets an effective treatment for ibs?

Are activated charcoal tablets an effective treatment for ibs?

No: Charcoal is an inert absorptive substance. It will not alter the course of ibs. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take activated charcoal supplements every day?

WHY???: Hi. And why, pray tell, would you want to take activated charcoal everyday? Believe me, that has NOT been studied for safety! Activated charcoal is useful in some poisonings/overdoses because it binds a lot of things tightly and non-specifically. Much of what goes in your mouth is for nutritive purposes, including many trace substances. If you bind and don't absorb them, you become deficient. ...Read more

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Will activated charcoal tablets help for bad breath?

Will  activated charcoal tablets help for bad breath?

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 will have no effect. ...Read more

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How long will activated charcoal stay in your system?

How long will activated charcoal stay in your system?

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. ...Read more

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Can you mix activated charcoal with your toothpaste?

Can you mix activated charcoal with your toothpaste?

No you can't : Activated charcoal haste very abrasive properties that might damage your teeth enamel by removing its protective layer , the enamel, you can't rebuild your lost enamel , whatever you loose from it , it's permanently lost.. ...Read more

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Do they still use activated charcoal at the ER for overdoses?

Do they still use activated charcoal at the ER for overdoses?

Activated charcoal: Yes, activated charcoal is still used in ers for overdoses such as promethazine, salicylates (aspirin), acetaminophen. As long as charcoal is administered within 1-2 hours of ingestion. ...Read more

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What are the effects of activated charcoal?

Absorbs...: ...Many drugs and toxins as well as gets bacteria to stick to it, and carries them out of the bowel. ...Read more

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How long will activated charcoal stay in your system?

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. ...Read more

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Could activated charcoal work as a toothpaste?

Could activated charcoal work as a toothpaste?

Not a good idea: While some properties of activated charcoal may make it seem like an ideal toothpaste alternative, it is way too abrasive. It's use will result in severe tooth erosion (especially at the gum line) and severe gum recession. The end result is that it will cause more problems then it will solve. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take activated charcoal everyday?

Is it safe to take activated charcoal everyday?

Possibly not: What is the purpose of taking it daily? If it is for bloating, you need to see your doctor to find out the cause. Although not been studied, I am cautious about taking charcoal regularly since I am uncertain on its potential cancer-causing effect. At any rate, it is better to find out the cause than to mask the symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you mix activated charcoal with your toothpaste?

No you can't : Activated charcoal haste very abrasive properties that might damage your teeth enamel by removing its protective layer , the enamel, you can't rebuild your lost enamel , whatever you loose from it , it's permanently lost.. ...Read more

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Is it possible to use activated charcoal to pass a drug test?

No: Once the drug is absorbed from the gut, activated charcoal will not help. It just prevents the drug from being absorbed. ...Read more

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Is it possible that activated charcoal can remove floride from your body?

Is it possible that activated charcoal can remove floride from your body?

Nope.: Fluoride ion incorporates into the hydroxyapatite crystal of tooth structure and into bone. Fluorohydroxyapatite has a better acid resistance than normal tooth structure. Since Fluoride causes little to no health risk (fluorosis can be a cosmetic issue in overdose cases ), why worry about better dental health? If child ate a tube of toothpaste, may have disrupted forming enamel--can't undo that. ...Read more

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