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Generic Name: charcoal (CHAR coal)
Brand Names: Actidose-Aqua, Activated Charcoal, Charcoal Plus DS, EZChar, Insta-Char, Liqui-Char, Optimum Charcoal
What is Charcocaps (charcoal)?
Charcoal is used to treat stomach pain caused by excess gas, diarrhea, or indigestion.
Charcoal also is used to relieve itching associated with kidney dialysis treatment and to treat overdoses of other medicines.
Charcoal may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
What is the most important information I should know about Charcocaps (charcoal)?Do not take this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to charcoal.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have liver or kidney disease, or any type of serious illness.
Stop taking charcoal and call your doctor if your diarrhea lasts longer than 2 days or you also have a fever.Do not take charcoal with any other medicine. Take your dose of charcoal at least 2 hours before or 1 hour after a dose of any other medicine. Charcoal binds to other drugs and can make them less effective, which could become dangerous.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Charcocaps (charcoal)?Do not take this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to charcoal.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
kidney disease; or
any type of serious illness.
If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take this medication.FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Charcoal may pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Do not give this medication to a child younger than 3 years old without the advice of a doctor.
How should I take Charcocaps (charcoal)?
Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.Take this medicine with a full glass (8 ounces) of water. Do not crush, break, or chew a charcoal tablet or capsule. Swallow the pill whole.
Charcoal is usually taken after meals or at the first sign of stomach discomfort.Do not take more than 4.16 grams of charcoal in a day (16 capsules of 260 mg each).
Stop taking charcoal and call your doctor if your diarrhea lasts longer than 2 days or you also have a fever.Store charcoal at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
An overdose of charcoal is not likely to cause life-threatening symptoms.
What should I avoid while taking Charcocaps (charcoal)?Do not take charcoal with any other medicine. Take your dose of charcoal at least 2 hours before or 1 hour after a dose of any other medicine. Charcoal binds to other drugs and can make them less effective, which could become dangerous.
Charcocaps (charcoal) side effectsGet emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Other side effects may occur. Tell your doctor about unusual or bothersome side effect.
What other drugs will affect Charcocaps (charcoal)?
There may be other drugs that can interact with charcoal. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
Where can I get more information?
- Your pharmacist can provide more information about charcoal.
- Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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