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Charcoal, Activated

In some countries, this medicine may only be approved for veterinary use.


Ph. Eur.

ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Therapeutic Categories


Pharmaceutic aid

Antidiarrheal agent: Intestinal adsorbent

Foreign Names

  • Carbo activatus (Latin)
  • Kohle, medizinische (German)
  • Charbon active (French)
  • Carbone attivato (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Medicinal Carbon (OS: JAN)
  • Adsorbierende Kohle (IS)
  • Aktivkohle (IS)
  • Carbo medicinalis (IS)
  • Charbon medicinal (IS)
  • Charcoal (IS)
  • E 153 (IS)
  • Holzkohle, gereinigte (IS)
  • Medicinal Carbon (IS)
  • Medizinische Kohle (IS)
  • Carbo activatus (PH: Ph. Eur. 8, Ph. Int. 4)
  • Charbon activé (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Charcoal, Activated (PH: BP 2016, Ph. Int. 4, USP 38)
  • Charcoal, activated (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Medicinal Carbon (PH: JP XVI)
  • Medizinische Kohle (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)

Brand Names


ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Ph. Eur.European Pharmacopoeia

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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