What is Activated charcoal?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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Activated charcoal is used in water filters, medicines that selectively remove toxins, and chemical purification processes. Activated charcoal is carbon that has been treated with oxygen. Activated charcoal is pure carbon specially processed to make it highly adsorbent of particles and gases in the

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Flatulence 5 2
Yeast die-off (Herxheimer reaction) 3 2
Abdominal bloating 2 0
Gas pain 2 1
General health 2 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 1
None 4

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Activated charcoal

Side effect Patients Percentage
Smelly stool 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Activated charcoal

Dosage Patients Percentage
250 mg daily 1
1000 mg daily 1
1000mg as needed 1
2 260mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Activated charcoal

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 4
Course of treatment ended 3
Did not seem to work 1
Side effects too severe 1
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Duration

Currently taking Activated charcoal

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2

Stopped taking Activated charcoal

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 4
6 months - 1 year 2
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 2
Usually 2
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 5
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