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Mechanism of Action
Fine black powder that acts by binding and adsorbing ingested drugs/toxins/chemicals present in the GI tract inhibiting their absorption and thus, bioavailability. Acts as an efficient adsorber due to its large surface area. Once bound, the combined complex is excreted in the feces.
Acute posion ingestion
Poisonings by: cyanide, mineral acids, cautic alkalis, organic solvents, iron, ethanol, methanol.
- Protect airway and monitor mental status and vitals
- Use caution in AMS unless nasogastric tube is in place and airway is protected
- Abdominal cramps
- Abdominal bloating
Do not administer at the same time as syrup of ipecac. Nullifies effects of charcoal
Dose and Route
1 g/kg PO/NG/OG mixed with 6-8 oz of water to form slurry
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