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Charcoal

Activated Charcoal absorbs the toxic substance ingested, thus inhibiting gastrointestinal absorption in food poisoning. It also absorbs many toxic and nontoxic irritants or intestinal gas which cause intestinal discomfort, and gastric hyperacidity. Charcoal is not absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and is excreted via intestinal route. The onset of action is prompt and duration continual while it remains in the gastrointestinal tract..

INDICATIONS
Charcoal tablet is used for the relief of flatulence and gastrointestinal discomfort.

CONTRAINDICATIONS
Activated Charcoal is contraindicated when specific oral antidotes such as Methionine are used. When used as an antidiarrheal or antiflatulent, prolonged use in infants and children under 3 years of age is not recommended since it may possibly interfere with nutrition..

SIDE EFFECTS/ADVERSE REACTIONS
Activated Charcoal is relatively nontoxic when given by mouth but gastrointestinal disturbances such as vomiting and constipation have been reported. it may color the faeces black, which may be alarming to patient although medically insignificant.

PRECAUTIONS/WARNINGS

Activated Charcoal diminishes the action of Ipecacuanha and other emetics when given concomitantly by mouth. Risk-benefit should be considered when the following medical problems exist: Absence of bowel sounds; dehydration; suspected parasite-associated diarrhea; dysentery, acute, characterized by bloody stools and elevated temperature.

 

Appropriate fluid and electrolyte therapy should be given to protect against dehydration. Oral rehydration therapy which is the use of appropriate fluids including oral rehydration salts remains the most effective treatment for dehydration due to diarrhoea. The intake of as much of these fluids as possible is therefore imperative.

 

Activated charcoal / Attapulgite is not recommended for treatment of diarrhoea in children under 6 years of age.

Activated charcoal / attapulgite may interfere with the absorption of other drugs, including antibiotics, when administered concurrently.

DRUG INTERACTIONS
Activated Charcoal has the potential to reduce the absorption of many drugs including oral Acetylcysteine; Chocolate syrup or Ice cream or sherbet; Ipecac; or others oral medications, from the gastrointestinal tract and simultaneous oral therapy should therefore be avoided..

RECOMMENDED DOSAGE, DOSAGE SCHEDULE AND ROUTE OF ADMINISTRATIONS
2 to 4 tablets daily

AVAILABILITY

Charcoal Tablet

Black coloured and peppermint flavoured/fragranced round tablet, containing Activated Charcoal 200 mg per tablet, in packings of 1000's ( for export only );

Blister pack of 2 x 10's/Box, 3 x 10's/Box, 10 x 10's/Box, 12 x 10's/Box and 100 x 10's /Box.

 

Protect from light

Store in a dry place below 25C.

Keep container tightly closed

 

SHELF LIFE

4 years from the date of manufacture

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