CHARCOAL

Medicines

Title: CHARCOAL
Date: 
23 Feb 2012
Self Medication Guide For Common Illnesses

Read this leaflet carefully before taking your medicine. Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you have any further questions about your medicine.

1.    Generic Name or Active Ingredient:
Charcoal
2.    Uses:

Relieving pressure, bloating, and gas in the digestive tract.

3.    How This Medicine Works:

It works by breaking up gas bubbles, which makes the gas easier to eliminate.  

4.    Do Not Take This Medicine If :
  • You are allergic to any ingredient in this medication.
  • Children younger than 6 years old

 5.    Before You Start To Take This Medication:

  • Inform your pharmacist or doctor to other medications.
  • Inform your pharmacist or doctor if you are or plan to get pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • Consult a doctor before using this medicine in children.
6.    Taking With Other Medicine :

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medication, vitamins, herbal preparations or supplements as they may interfere with this medicine.

7.  How To Take This Medicine:

Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand.

 a)    How to take

Take charcoal as needed after meals and at bedtime, unless otherwise directed

 b)   When to take

Do not take other medicines within 2 hours of taking charcoal as charcoal may interfere with the absorption of many other medicines.

c)    How long to take

As long as directed by your doctor/pharmacist

d)   If you forget to take it

Take it as soon as you as remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine. Do not double the dose.

 8. While Taking This Medicine:

a) Things you should do:

This medicine may affect the actions of other medications. To reduce this effect there should be a two hour gap between taking charcoal and other medications.

b) Things you must NOT do:

None

In case of overdose, seek immediate medical attention.

9. Side Effects:

All medicines may have some unwanted side effects. Sometimes they are serious, but most of the time they are not. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any side effects which are severe or persist.

Possible side effects are:
  • Temporary darkening of the stools
  • Constipation
  • Vomitting
  • Diarrhea
 10. Storage And Disposal
  • Store at room temperature and in a dry place
  • Keep away from direct sunlight
  • Keep out of reach of children
  • Do not use after the expiry date has passed
  • Return any unused or expired medication to the nearest pharmacy.
 
References:

1.    Website www.nps.org.au

2.    Micromedex Healthcare Series 2.0

3.    Lexicomp’s Drug Information Handbook 19th Edition

4.    Malaysian Index of Medical Specialities 2011

5.    British National Formulary Vol 60