Generic Name: charcoal (CHAR-kole/sye-METH-i-kone)
Brand Name: Examples include Bicarsim and Bicarsim Forte
Bicarsim is used for:
Relieving pressure, bloating, and gas in the digestive tract. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Bicarsim is an antiflatulent and adsorbent combination. It works by breaking up gas bubbles, which makes the gas easier to eliminate.
Do NOT use Bicarsim if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Bicarsim
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Bicarsim:
Some medical conditions may interact with Bicarsim. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Bicarsim. However, no specific interactions with Bicarsim are known at this time.
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Bicarsim may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Bicarsim:
Use Bicarsim as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take Bicarsim as needed after meals and at bedtime, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
- Bicarsim may interfere with the absorption of many other medicines. Talk to your doctor about taking Bicarsim 2 hours before or after taking any other medicine.
- If you miss a dose of Bicarsim and you are using it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Bicarsim.
Important safety information:
- Do not exceed the recommended dose without checking with your doctor.
- If your condition persists, contact your doctor.
- Bicarsim may cause your stools to turn black.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking Bicarsim, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Bicarsim during pregnancy. It is unknown if Bicarsim is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are taking Bicarsim, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Bicarsim:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Constipation; diarrhea; temporary darkening of the stool; vomiting.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Bicarsim:
Store Bicarsim at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Avoid temperatures above 104 degrees F (40 degrees C). Keep Bicarsim out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Bicarsim, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Bicarsim is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Bicarsim or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Bicarsim. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Bicarsim. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Bicarsim.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.