Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Activated charcoal

Introduction

Name

  • Activated charcoal.

Class of drug

  • Adsorbent.

Uses

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Indications

  • Toxic oral ingestions.
  • Effective in cases of intoxication with organophosphates, carbamates, chlorinated hydrocarbons, strychnine, ethylene glycol, inorganic and organic arsenical and mercurial compounds, and polycyclic organic compounds (most pesticides).
  • Also useful in minimizing the effects of dermal toxicants which may be ingested following grooming.

Administration

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Precautions

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Interactions

with other drugs

  • Will reduce the absorption and therefore efficacy of orally administered drugs.

Further Reading

Publications

Other sources of information

  • Derived fromThe Veterinary Formulary4th edn (1998) Bishop, Y (ed.). British Veterinary Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

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