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Charcoal Disease Interactions

There are 2 disease interactions with charcoal:


Charcoal (applies to charcoal) gastrointestinal obstruction

Major Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility.

Charcoal (with or without sorbitol) should not be used in the presence of a stomach or intestinal obstruction or absence of active bowel sounds. Delayed GI transit time or constipation can result in failure to excrete a drug- charcoal complex and may result in increased toxicity.


  1. "Product Information. Actidose-Aqua (charcoal)." Paddock Laboratories Inc, Minneapolis, MN.

Charcoal (applies to charcoal) seizures

Major Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility. Applicable conditions: Altered Consciousness

Charcoal should not be administered in poison victims that are unconscious or having convulsions.

Charcoal drug interactions

There are 79 drug interactions with charcoal

Drug Interaction Classification

These classifications are only a guideline. The relevance of a particular drug interaction to a specific individual is difficult to determine. Always consult your healthcare provider before starting or stopping any medication.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No interaction information available.

Further information

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