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How does activated charcoal interact with medication?

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activated charcoal may reduce or prevent the absorption of certain drugs. This may include drugs such as:

Do not use activated charcoal as a supplement if you take these medications. Activated charcoal may also reduce absorption of certain nutrients.

  • Acetaminophen
  • Digoxin
  • Theophylline
  • Tricyclic antidepressants

SOURCES:

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Activated Charcoal."

Clinical Toxicology , 2005.

Eddelston, M. . Feb. 16, 2008. The Lancet

Neuvonen, P. January-December 1988. Medical Toxicology and Adverse Drug Experience,

National Capital Poison Center: "What is Ipecac Syrup?"

MD Consult Database.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 11, 2019

SOURCES:

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Activated Charcoal."

Clinical Toxicology , 2005.

Eddelston, M. . Feb. 16, 2008. The Lancet

Neuvonen, P. January-December 1988. Medical Toxicology and Adverse Drug Experience,

National Capital Poison Center: "What is Ipecac Syrup?"

MD Consult Database.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 11, 2019

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