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What exactly is Activated Charcoal Capsules

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Once at a 7-Eleven, when I asked for some medication for an upset stomach  I was given a pack of this. Although I bought it, I never used it as I was not familiar with this medication. Is this something common for an upset stomach (it is written anti-diarrheal on the pack)? Any risks/after effects?

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29 minutes ago, lopburi3 said:

It helps to remove toxins as they bind with the charcoal and pass through your body.  The capsules are designed for gas upset stomach.  ER rooms also use a powder mixed with liquid for many drug OD cases to clear system.  It is cheap and in my experience seems to limit food poisoning type symptoms.  Everything has risks but seem to be very minimal for most (Google will provide lists).  

 

Believe best known is made by Greater Pharma and called CA-R-BON and my packet is marked 25 baht for 10.  

Thank you very much for the info. Yes, that's the brand they gave me. I too Googled and got some info, but wanted to get some comments from some one who had used it.

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Activated charcoal is used widely in The Netherlands, and also in their former colony, Indonesia.   

They are widely used for diarrhea and stomach upsets as others have mentioned.  I always carry a small packet in my meds kit when travelling abroad.

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14 hours ago, lopburi3 said:

It helps to remove toxins as they bind with the charcoal and pass through your body.  The capsules are designed for gas upset stomach.  ER rooms also use a powder mixed with liquid for many drug OD cases to clear system.  It is cheap and in my experience seems to limit food poisoning type symptoms.  Everything has risks but seem to be very minimal for most (Google will provide lists).  

 

Believe best known is made by Greater Pharma and called CA-R-BON and my packet is marked 25 baht for 10.  

ER uses 25 - 100 GRAM ... and this packet of 10 =  2.5 gram

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I have used it several times with no issues.  It depends on what is wrong with you whether it will help or not.  It can help a lot better with food poisoning than Imodium.

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With stomach up set you should always start with the CAR-BON and if in a few days no relief from symptoms check with a doctor but there are far to many antibiotic prescribed here for too many thing. I use carbon to good effect and haven had to use anything stronger in many of my year here.

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As other posters have said, activated charcoal absorbs toxins present in tainted food.

It is also useful in treating flatulence.

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And, don't be surprised if your stool is darker than normal.  Some people even report totally black, but I think that's more likely with longer term usage and/or higher dosage.

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...the best one...by far....was...Ultr* Carb*n ___ (24th letter of the alphabet).....

 

...alas...it appears to have mysteriously disappeared from everywhere...???

 

...blocked by !@#$%^& distributors....???

 

...to have its market stolen by an inferior Thai knockoff...???

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50 years ago carbon tabs were used for diarrhea in latin america...did the trick the same as imodium does now...cheap and available everywhere...

 

 

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