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Activated Charcoal

How does Activated Charcoal work?

Activated charcoal is good at trapping chemicals and prevents their absorption.

Are there safety concerns?

Activated charcoal is safe for most adults when used short-term. Side effects of activated charcoal include constipation and black stools. More serious, but rare, side effects are a slowing or blockage of the intestinal tract, regurgitation into the lungs, and dehydration.

It might be safe when used short-term if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, but consult with your healthcare professional before using if you are pregnant.

Do not use activated charcoal if:
  • You have a blockage in your intestinal tract.

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