Reply To: Activated Charcoal

  • Haley

    January 4, 2024 at 11:42 am

    Activated charcoal (AC) is an excellent nonspecific adsorbent. Understanding AC’s role in poison management is established by the integration of pharmacologic data, controlled volunteer trials, studies in heterogeneous patients with overdose or poisoning, and clinical experience.24 AC should be considered for a poisoned or overdosed patient after a risk-to-benefit assessment of the presumed ingested substance and patient-specific factors and circumstances.11 Benefits include preventing absorption or enterohepatic recirculation of a potentially toxic xenobiotic; risks include vomiting and subsequent aspiration pneumonitis.”