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How is activated charcoal used for poisons?

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Activated charcoal is not used to treat poisons such as strong acids or bases.

If you're dealing with poisoning, don't guess about the right thing to do. Call your local poison control center immediately -- and get to an emergency room. You need to use activated charcoal as soon as possible if it is recommended.

From: Activated Charcoal WebMD Medical Reference

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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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