Acute oral poisoning, drug overdose

Active Ingredient: Charcoal activated

Indication for Charcoal activated

Population group: only infants (40 days - 1 year old) , children (1 year - 12 years old)

Emergency treatment of acute oral poisoning or drug overdose. Activated charcoal adsorbs toxic substances and reduces or prevents systematic absorption. The shorter the time interval between ingestion of the toxicant and the administration of charcoal activated, the greater is the benefit for the patient. However, as the absorption of massive drug overdoses is often retarded in acute conditions of intoxication, even the delayed administration of charcoal activated may be beneficial. In severe intoxication, repeated administration of charcoal activated is recommended to prevent absorbed drug being released (in an unbound state) in the lower intestinal tract or to expedite the elimination and prevent the re-absorption of any drug undergoing enterohepatic circulation.

For this indication, competent medicine agencies globally authorize below treatments:

25-50 g once

Route of admnistration


Defined daily dose

25 - 50 mg

Dosage regimen

From 25 To 50 mg once every day

Detailed description

25 g activated charcoal, repeated if necessary.

If a large quantity of toxicant has been ingested, and where there is a risk to life, a dose of 50 g is recommended.

Active ingredient

Charcoal activated

Activated charcoal is a form of carbon processed to have small, low-volume pores that increase the surface area available for adsorption or chemical reactions.

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