Reply To: Activated Charcoal

  • theholisticgoat

    July 27, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    Activated Charcoal—Past, Present and Future

    Charcoal’s effectiveness in treating poisoning occurs
    through its direct adsorption of the toxic substance in the
    gastrointestinal tract. In some instances, further benefit is
    gained through interference with enterohepatic or gastroenteral recirculation or back-diffusion (or both) of substance out
    of the systemic circulation across the gastrointestinal mucosa.
    Current evidence has drawn into question the routine use of
    emetics in the emergency treatment of mild overdoses in patients who are awake. Several lines of evidence reinforce the
    importance of the use of activated charcoal as the cornerstone
    of therapy for a poisoned patient. Current evidence suggests a
    continued role for lavage in more seriously overdosed comatose patients.