Open main menu


no edit summary
== When to take activated charcoal==
Activated charcoal should be used for treatment of any poisonings by mouth, '''EXCEPT the following substances''', for which it '''MUST NOT be used''':){{cite|BNF Poisoning, emergency treatment summary|external|}}
* '''Petroleum distillates''' (often found in '''cleaning products''')
* '''Cyanides''' and '''metal salts''' including iron and lithium salts (often found in '''antipsychotic medications''')
However, it '''must ONLY be used''' if the person is '''not comatose''' and is not [[DICC accessment assessment protocol|likley likely to lose conciousnessconsciousness]], to avoid the risk of choking.{{cite|BNF activated charcoal|external|}}
== How to take activated charcoal ==