charcoal, activated


P&G Health


Zuellig Pharma
Concise Prescribing Info
Medicinal charcoal
Acute diarrhoea. Prevention of absorption in oral intoxications & acceleration of elimination in intoxication w/ substances subject to enterohepatic circulation eg, carbamazepine, phenobarb, phenylbutazone, theophylline. Symptomatic treatment of flatulence.
Dosage/Direction for Use
Diarrhoea Adult 2-4 tab tds-qds. Childn ½ adult dose. Intoxication Adult 2-4 tab/kg followed by Na sulfate 1 tbsp in 1 glass of water 30-60 min later. Childn 3-4 tab/kg followed by Na sulfate ½-1 tbsp in 1 glass of water 30-60 min later. Flatulence Adult 1-2 tab immediately after meal & repeat every 2 hr.
Should be taken on an empty stomach: Take at least 2 hr before or after other medications. Swallow whole or dissolve in water w/ stirring. Avoid milk, ice cream & cocoa. In intoxication cases, it may be made into a paste & administered in small quantities; for unconscious patients, it may be administered under medical supervision as a susp in water via gastric tube; it should be given in isotonic saline/full electrolyte soln if multiple doses are administered.
Special Precautions
Not effective in intoxication w/ organic & inorganic salts, solvents eg, lithium, thallium, cyanide, Fe salts, methanol, ethanol & ethylene glycol. Frequently monitor GI sounds to assess peristaltic action in patients undergoing multiple dose therapy. Not to be taken w/ corrosive substances eg, strong acids & alkalis as this would complicate diagnostic measures ie, oesophagoscopy & gastroscopy.
Adverse Reactions
GI upsets. Dark to black stool.
Drug Interactions
May interfere w/ drug absorption in GIT when taken simultaneously.
MIMS Class
ATC Classification
A07BA01 - medicinal charcoal ; Belongs to the class of charcoal preparations. Used as intestinal adsorbents.
Ultracarbon 250 mg tab
5 × 10's
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