Medication Description: Activated Carbon (Carbo activatus)
ACTIVATED COAL (Carbo activatus).
Black powder, odorless and tasteless. Practically insoluble in common solvents.
Coal of animal or vegetable origin, specially treated and possessing in this connection a large surface activity, capable of adsorbing gases, alkaloids, toxins, etc.
Apply with dyspepsia, flatulence, food intoxication, poisoning with alkaloids, salts of heavy metals, etc.
Assign inside with poisonings of 20 - 30 g per reception in the form of a suspension in water; gastric lavage is also produced with a suspension of activated carbon in water. With increased acidity and flatulence appoint 1 2 g inside (in water) 3-4 times a day. In case of poisoning, a mixture of the following composition is also used: activated carbon 2 parts, tannin and magnesium oxide in 1 part; prescribed as a suspension of 2 tablespoons of the mixture in a glass of warm water.
When using activated carbon (and its varieties), constipation or diarrhea is possible, the body is depleted in vitamins, hormones, fats, proteins.
The use of activated charcoal for ulcerative lesions of the gastrointestinal tract, gastric bleeding is contraindicated.
Due to its adsorption properties, activated carbon can reduce the effectiveness of concurrently taken drugs.
The feces after the intake of activated carbon is colored black.
Activated charcoal is stored in a dry place separately from substances emitting gases or vapors into the atmosphere.
Tablets of activated charcoal (Tabulettaе Carbonis аctivati).
Synonyms: Carbolen, Carbolenum.
Tablets containing 0.5 or 0.25 g of activated carbon. More convenient to use than activated carbon powder; However, they have somewhat lower adsorption activity, since they contain fillers (starch, gelatin, sugar syrup, etc.), which reduce the adsorbing surface. It is taken mainly for flatulence and dyspepsia, 1 - 2 - 3 tablets 3 - 4 times a day.
Form release: tablets in a package of 10 pieces.