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Brand names include: Actidose-Aqua Charcocaps Char-Flo Aqueous Base ezchar Insta-Char Optimum Charcoal
Drug classes: antidotes, miscellaneous GI agents

What is Charcocaps?

Common charcoal can be made of wood, coconut shells, peat, or coal. Charcocaps are a form of charcoal that has been processed to contain pores that trap other chemicals, preventing them from being absorbed into the body.The treatment of certain chemical poisonings with charcocapsCharcocaps are also used as a treatment for gas and indigestion in alternative medicine.

Charcocaps may or may not be effective in treating medical conditions. The FDA has not approved the use of this product for medical purposes. This medication should not replace medication prescribed by your healthcare provider.Charcocaps are often sold as herbal supplements. Many herbal compounds do not follow established manufacturing regulations and some supplements on the market have been found tainted with harmful drugs or metals that pose potential threats.To minimise the risk, herbal or health supplements must be purchased from a reputable source.Charcocaps can be used in other ways than those listed in the product guide.

Side effects of Charcocaps

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of the face, lips, or throat.Charcocaps may be safe for the majority of people if used short-term, but it is not known if used long-term.

Charcocaps can cause serious side effects. Contact your doctor immediately if:

  • Constipation is severe.
  • A sore throat or severe heartburn.
  • Dehydration—dizziness or confusion, feeling thirsty, having less urine, or sweating.

Charcocaps can cause a variety of side effects.

  • Constipation is a common symptom.
  • Black stools

There may be other side effects. Call your physician if experiencing side effects; alternatively, the Food and Drug Administration's Report Side Effects line at 1-800-FDA-1088 may also help provide medical guidance or report side effects.


Please read all instructions on the label or package of your product.Informing your healthcare provider of any current medical conditions, allergies or medicines you are using.

Before you take this drug

This product should not be used without medical advice in order to treat poisoning. If used to treat poisoning from certain chemicals, such as paint thinner, kerosene, or gasoline, it can cause serious problems.

If you've ever:

  • Slow digestion;
  • A blockage of your digestive tract

Consult your doctor before using the product if you are pregnant or nursing.Tell your carers, if possible, if you're pregnant or nursing during an emergency.Don't give herbal or health supplements to children without consulting a doctor.

How to take Charcocaps?

Before using Charcocaps for poisoning, call the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222.Consult your doctor before using activated carbon. Consult a health practitioner trained in herbal or health supplements.Charcocaps should only be used as directed. This includes the instructions on the packaging or from your doctor or pharmacist. Use only the recommended amount of this product.

Shake the suspension. Use the measuring device provided (not a spoon).Do not chew, crush, break, or open the capsule or tablet.Before swallowing the granules, or powder, you must mix them with liquid.

Wait until a person has vomited to give Charcocaps for a poisoning caused by ipecac.Do not attempt to treat poisoning if the person is experiencing seizures or is not fully aware. Call for emergency medical assistance immediately.Charcocaps can be taken to treat gas or indigestion. It is best taken before or immediately after eating food that may cause stomach discomfort. Follow the directions on the label or those prescribed by your doctor.Store away from heat and moisture at room temperature.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Charcocaps are used as needed. You should not take any missed doses if you have a regular dosing regimen. Never use two doses in one go.

What happens if I overdose?

Call 1-800-222-1222 for poison help or seek immediate medical attention.

What should be avoided?

Avoid alcohol consumption.

Interaction with other drug

Charcocaps may make it more difficult for your body to absorb other medications you take orally. This medicine should be taken at least one to two hours before or after other medications.Charcocaps can be affected by other drugs, such as prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Inform your doctor of all the other medications you take.