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What is activated charcoal?

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Activated charcoal is sometimes used to help treat a drug overdose or a poisoning.

When you take activated charcoal, drugs and toxins can bind to it. This helps rid the body of unwanted substances.

Charcoal is made from coal, wood, or other substances. It becomes "activated charcoal" when high temperatures combine with a gas or activating agent to expand its surface area.

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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