CARBOMIX 50G GRANULES FOR ORAL SUSPENSION
Active substance(s): CHARCOAL ACTIVATED / CHARCOAL ACTIVATED / CHARCOAL ACTIVATED
50G GRANULES FOR ORAL SUSPENSION
Please read this leaflet carefully before you take Carbomix. It is possible that you may
have been treated with Carbomix before you were able to read this leaflet. If you would like
any more information, or are not sure about anything, you should ask your doctor or
In this leaflet:
1. What Carbomix is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Carbomix
3. How to take Carbomix
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Carbomix
6. Further information
1. WHAT CARBOMIX IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
The active ingredient of Carbomix is activated charcoal in the form of very fine granules.
Carbomix is used as an emergency treatment for acute oral poisoning or drug overdose. It
works by absorbing the drugs or toxic substances so reducing their absorption into the
blood or helping to eliminate them from the body. Carbomix itself is not absorbed into the
blood and passes through the gut unchanged.
Carbomix is usually taken under medical supervision.
For single use only.
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE CARBOMIX
You should not take Carbomix if you have taken a medicine to make you sick or an oral
antidote such as methionine as they will be absorbed by Carbomix.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medication.
Carbomix is of limited use in treating poisoning by the following:
• corrosive substances (such as acids or alkalis)
• cyanide, iron salts
• some solvents such as methanol, ethanol (the alcohol in alcoholic drinks) and ethylene
The presence of Carbomix may make any immediate endoscopy that may be required,
Carbomix may stain if spilt.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Important information about an ingredient of this medicine
Carbomix contains glycerol which may cause headache, stomach upset and diarrhoea.
3. HOW TO TAKE CARBOMIX
If a doctor has prescribed Carbomix for you, you should follow his/her instructions.
Carbomix granules should be mixed with water and swallowed as a suspension (about
400ml). The contents of the bottle should be made up to the red band with water and
shaken thoroughly. Carbomix should be taken as soon as possible after the potential
poison has been swallowed. It is important to take the whole dose.
The usual adult dose is 50g. Children under 12 years should be given 25g (half the
contents of the 50g bottle after it has been made up with water) unless there is a risk to life,
in which case a dose of 50g is recommended. The dose may be repeated if necessary,
usually under medical supervision.
If the poison has diuretic properties (i.e. increases urine output) or has been taken with
alcohol, plenty of fluid should be drunk after taking Carbomix.
Carbomix can be taken after vomiting or after having a stomach pump. It may be given by
tube into the stomach, under medical supervision only. A universal applicator is provided
for this purpose.
DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSE
Remember to tell any doctor or pharmacist who is giving you advice about other medical
conditions that you have taken Carbomix.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Carbomix may cause side effects, although not everyone will get them.
Some patients may experience constipation or diarrhoea. Rarely, blockage or perforation
of the intestine have been associated with multiple dosing with activated charcoal.
Activated charcoal will usually produce black stools.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via
UK: the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
IE: HPRA Pharmacovigilance, Earlsfort Centre, Earlsfort Terrace, IRL - Dublin 2
Tel: +353 1 6764971; Fax: +353 1 6762517
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this
5. HOW TO STORE CARBOMIX
Keep out of the reach and sight of children. Store below 25˚C. Keep container tightly
Do not use Carbomix after the expiry date which is shown on the label and the carton of
each pack, after “use by”. This refers to the last day of the month.
Dispose of any unused suspension after 24 hours.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help
protect the environment.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Carbomix contains: The active ingredient is 81.3% activated charcoal 50g in 61.5g
granules. The other ingredients are citric acid, acacia and glycerol.
What Carbomix looks like and the contents of the pack: Carbomix is black granules in
plastic bottles which contain 50g activated charcoal.
Marketing Authorisation Holder: Beacon Pharmaceuticals Limited, DCC Vital,
Westminster Industrial Estate, Repton Road, Measham, DE12 7DT, England
Manufacturer: Cabot Norit Nederland B.V., 7891 EV Klazienaveen, The Netherlands.
United Kingdom Product Licence number: PL 18157/0020
Republic of Ireland Product Authorisation number: PA 1312/2/1
Carbomix is distributed in the Republic of Ireland by: United Drug plc.
This leaflet was last revised in: 01/2017
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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