Adverse effects of activated charcoal used for the treatment of poisoning

@article{Qureshi2011AdverseEO,
  title={Adverse effects of activated charcoal used for the treatment of poisoning},
  author={Zeshan U Qureshi and Michael Eddleston},
  journal={Adverse Drug Reaction Bulletin},
  year={2011},
  volume={\&NA;},
  pages={1023–1026}
}
The incidence of adverse effects of activated charcoal in poisoned patients is unclear. We performed a search of PubMed, EMBASE, and Ovid to identify large cohorts, and both randomized and pseudorandomized controlled trials, finding nine articles. The most commonly described adverse events were vomiting, aspiration, and intubation. Activated charcoal did not increase the incidence of these adverse effects. Other adverse events such as bowel obstruction, corneal abrasions, electrolyte… Expand
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A rare case of small bowel obstruction secondary to activated charcoal administration
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Clinicians should be aware of the rare occurrence of gastrointestinal complication or obstruction following the administration of multiple-dose activated charcoal, especially in patients who ingested a drug that is potentially antiperistaltic. Expand

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