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Do charcoal pills help with odor with a colostomy?

Do charcoal pills help with odor with a colostomy?

Yes, and : You might also try bismuth subgallate and parsley. These are tricks that my stoma therapist tells her patients. ...Read more

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Can charcoal pills help get rid of drugs in your urine?

Can charcoal pills help get rid of drugs in your urine?

Maybe: Though not generally in the time frame needed for most drug users. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take activated charcoal pills if i'm on the nuva ring?

Is it safe to take activated charcoal pills if i'm on the nuva ring?

Should be fine: Activated charcoal is not absorbed--it is designed to bind other chemical in your stomach/intestine in case of excess drugs/chemical ingestion/od and carry it out to the outside world without being absorbed into your body. Nuvaring use does not use the gastrointestinal tract and so you should be fine. If you have other concerns, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've had diarrhea followed by several days of constipation. Is that a normal progression? The only medication i've taken has been charcoal pills.

I've had diarrhea followed by several days of constipation. Is that a normal progression? The only medication i've taken has been charcoal pills.

Normal: Acute diarrhea followed by constipation is not unusual. After getting back to a normal diet and fluid intake you should get back to normal within a week. ...Read more

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I read that taking activated charcoal pills help reduce gas, but I have been experiencing constipation and was wondering if the pill could be to blame?

I read that taking activated charcoal pills help reduce gas, but I have been experiencing constipation and was wondering if the pill could be to blame?

Sometimes: Some people do get constipation, particularly if not drinking a lot of water with charcoal. Can usually overcome with good hydration, fruits (prunes in particular), etc. ...Read more

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I had gastric bypass 2 years ago. I'm having horrible gas problems. I started taking active charcoal pills, am i harming myself?

I had gastric bypass 2 years ago. I'm having horrible gas problems. I started taking active charcoal pills,  am i harming myself?

No: Charcoal will not harm you. What gas comes out after gastric bypass is completely dependant on your diet. Try to reduce carbohydrates. See your bariatric program and see if they can help you. ...Read more

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