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Charcoal Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Aug 27, 2021.

Charcoal is also known as: Actidose with Sorbitol, Actidose-Aqua, Actidose-Aqua Advance, Activated Charcoal, Active Carbon, Carbomix, Carbosorb X, Charcoaid, Charcoaid 2000, Charcoaid-G, Charcoal Plus DS, Charcocaps, Charcodote, Charcotabs, Charcotrace, Chem Mart Nasal Decongestant Capsule, Eucarbon, Healthstream Activated Charcoal, Insta-Char, JL Bragg's Medicinal Charcoal, Karbons, Liqui-Char, Medicoal, Norit, Pharmacia Carbosorb

Charcoal Pregnancy Warnings

This drug should be used during pregnancy only if the benefit outweighs the risk to the fetus.

AU TGA pregnancy category: B2
US FDA pregnancy category: Not assigned

Animal studies have not shown teratogenicity. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy.

AU TGA pregnancy category B2: Drugs which have been taken by only a limited number of pregnant women and women of childbearing age, without an increase in the frequency of malformation or other direct or indirect harmful effects on the human fetus having been observed. Studies in animals are inadequate or may be lacking, but available data show no evidence of an increased occurrence of fetal damage.

US FDA pregnancy category Not Assigned: The US FDA has amended the pregnancy labeling rule for prescription drug products to require labeling that includes a summary of risk, a discussion of the data supporting that summary, and relevant information to help health care providers make prescribing decisions and counsel women about the use of drugs during pregnancy. Pregnancy categories A, B, C, D, and X are being phased out.

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Charcoal Breastfeeding Warnings

This drug should be used during lactation only if the benefit outweighs the risk to the fetus.

Excreted into human milk: Data not available
Excreted into animal milk: Data not available

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References for pregnancy information

  1. TGA. Therapeutic Goods Administration. Australian Drug Evaluation Committee "Prescribing medicines in pregnancy: an Australian categorisation of risk of drug use in pregnancy." (2010):
  2. "Product Information. Char-Flo Aqueous Base (charcoal)." Ballard Medical (2019):

References for breastfeeding information

  1. "Product Information. Char-Flo Aqueous Base (charcoal)." Ballard Medical (2019):

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.