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Doctor insights on: Where Does Charcoal Come From

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When should I take charcoal?

When should I take charcoal?

If poisoned: There are forms of charcoal that soak up small molecules such as some common organic poisons before they pass from the stomach and intestines into the blood. These are helpful. Charcoal pills are offered for sale. Put your hand over your wallet if you see these; I'm not aware of any reason to think they will do you any good. ...Read more

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What's the benefits of taking charcoal tablet?

What's the benefits of taking charcoal tablet?

None: Charcoal is not approved for any disease. Doctors may use it for treatment of poisoning, but there is no indication for self treatment. ...Read more

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Can you get sick from eating off a charcoal grill?

Can you get sick from eating off a charcoal grill?

Sure.: Was the food cooked well enough? We're the coals or gas hot enough to cook the food all the way through? Was the grill cleaned from the last use? Was the food to close to charcoal briquettes allowing for some residue to get onto the food? Did the food sit out for a long time after it was cooked on the grill? ...Read more

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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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Can charcoal tablets cancel out nicotine tests?

Can charcoal tablets cancel out nicotine tests?

No: I am aware of no evidence that this would be effective. The amount of nicotine that could be adsorbed through charcoal would be minimal, and if you were regularly consuming nicotine in tobacco products it would still be detectable in saliva, blood or urine tests for cotinine. ...Read more

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Can I take omeprezol with activated charcoal?

Can I take omeprezol with activated charcoal?

Not together: activated charcoal coul adsorb the omeprazole, so don't take these within an hour of each other. ...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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What happens if you overdose and refuse to drink the charcoal?

What happens if you overdose and refuse to drink the charcoal?

Longer observation: Charcoal only binds up the drug that hasn't been digested and absorbed yet. So if you don't take the charcoal, they just need to monitor and treat you longer depending on the substance to make sure there are no serious side effects. ...Read more

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Is charcoal bad as a supplement?

Is charcoal bad as a supplement?

Charcoal: Not a supplement per se, but used in GI ailments such as bloating, & in stomach cleansing after ingesting poisons. ...Read more

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Can I take charcoal tablets while pregnant?

Can I take charcoal tablets while pregnant?

Yes, but why?: Charcoal is not absorbed by your body and so should not cause problem for the pregnancy itself, but why you need to take charcoal? Did you ingest something--od on certain meds or chemical? Charcoal is often used to "bind up" other toxic chemicals and it is eliminated unchanged in the feces--it is not absorbed into your body. Consult doc. Good luck. ...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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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 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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How do charcoal/carbon tablets help in better metabolism?

How do charcoal/carbon tablets help in better metabolism?

They don't help: Such tablets don't change a person's metabolic rate, nor affect her body's functions in any noticeable beneficial way. On the other hand, if she spends money buying the tablets, then she has fewer dollars to spend on yummy, sugary snacks... so buying the tablets might improve her health that way, by decreasing sugar intake... but that's pretty far-fetched. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits of using activated charcoal?

What are the health benefits of using activated charcoal?

Activated charcoal: Http://www. Webmd. Com/vitamins-and-supplements/activated-charcoal-uses-risks

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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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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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Over-corrected for hypert w/tapazole. Can I take charcoal to help flush excess out of my body? Having so many problems from the over-correction..

Over-corrected for hypert w/tapazole. Can I take charcoal to help flush excess out of my body? Having so many problems from the over-correction..

Won't work: It only binds stuff in GI tract

so your doctor must help you mage by stopping a short period of time, monitoring
free T4 closely, and restarting tapazole (methimazole) when rises

could always reconsider radioactive iodine therapy so it doesn't happen again. ...Read more

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Is activated charcoal a type of carcinogen?

Is activated charcoal a type of carcinogen?

Activated charcoal: Activated charcoal powder is not a carcinogenic substance.
Researchers found that when meat is being barbequed, the fats drip down onto the red hot charcoal briquettes (not activated charcoal powder), which then get seared, resulting in the formation of carcinogenic substances (hca's & benzopyrene), which next rise upward and lastly are absorbed into the barbecued meat! ...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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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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Do activated charcoal capsules help absorb paracetamol?

Do activated charcoal capsules help absorb paracetamol?

Charcoal: Activated charcoal can indeed absorb paracetamol (we call it Acetaminophen in the U.S.) and it is often used in overdoses if the paracetamol is still in the stomach and not yet absorbed into the bloodstream. However, massive doses of charcoal are needed. It would not be possible to accomplish the same detoxification with charcoal capsules. ...Read more

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Could I use activated charcoal for heavy metal toxicity?

Could I use activated charcoal for heavy metal toxicity?

No: The whole business of "heavy metal poisoning" cries out for better work and rigorous science. There are folks who will diagnose everyone with this and offer unproven remedies, and this tends to discredit real concerns about modern environmental toxicology. Activated charcoal binds many organic poisons that have been recently ingested but this won't remove metals from your system. Be discerning. ...Read more

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Does taking activated charcoal really work against parasites?

Does taking activated charcoal really work against parasites?

Hmmm....: This is usually used to induce vomiting in cases of accidental/overingestions of medications to purge the stomach. It may have an benefit with parasite treatments; but it is not the standard of care. Please consult your doctor before you start playing one! ...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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Do you think I can use activated charcoal for heavy metal toxicity?

Do you think I can use activated charcoal for heavy metal toxicity?

Not A Good Idea: No. Charcoal won't adsorb minerals or metals. You need some form of chelation therapy, if anything. Depends on the type of heavy metal you're talking about and what if any symptoms you have and how serious they are. So if you suspect some kind of heavy metal toxicity, see a doctor sooner than later. If it's been diagnosed already and they gave you charcoal, get a second opinion pronto! ...Read more

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Is activated carbon (charcoal) filter in cigarette "better" then regular filter? I know all cigarettes are bad.

Is activated carbon (charcoal) filter in cigarette "better" then regular filter? I know all cigarettes are bad.

Pick your poison: Is shooting yourself in the head a better way to kill yourself than stabbing a knife into your heart? If I do choose shooting what type of gun? What caliber of gun? What does it matter; you are still going to be dead! Invest your energy into quitting rather than finding a "healthier" way to keep smoking. ...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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I have had extremely bad wind but only when I eat, I've tried peppermint tea&tablets, charcoal, degas and nothing is helping. What could it be?

I have had extremely bad wind but only when I eat, I've tried peppermint tea&tablets, charcoal, degas and nothing is helping. What could it be?

Digestion: You likely lack enzymes necessary to digest the food. I have no vested interest in this product but do recommend "digest extra" sold at the vitamin shoppe. It has all the enzymes your body needs for food breakdown and usually does the trick. ...Read more

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Activated charcoal capable of adsorbing bacteria/toxins/cleanse the body out? Lot of people swear by its benefit. Mainstream medicine overlooking?

Activated charcoal capable of adsorbing bacteria/toxins/cleanse the body out? Lot of people swear by its benefit. Mainstream medicine overlooking?

Have better options: According to the big book....you are right....and in use in many countries.....however, you have better and safer and more effective trestments ...Read more

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Will charcoal remove an intestinal parasite?

Parasites: Activated charcoal has long been advocated as a home remedy for parasitic infections, but the validity of this has not withstood the challenge of controlled testing. ...Read more

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Which works better for gas and gas pain: gas-x or charcoal caps?

Gas!: Gas-x will break up the large gas bubbles into smaller ones. Charcoal tablets will prevent the production of gas from various things. More importantly, you could consider decreasing the gas producing things in your diet, such as broccoli, beans, and cauliflower. If you eat those things take beano. Also, carbonated beverages can also make you very gassy. Good luck! ...Read more