(Actidose) Drugs are to always be authorized by a doctor for a specific patient. At no time should one give his or her prescribed medication or medications to a person whom the drug was not prescribed for by a doctor. The type of drug that is prescribed to the patient determines the administrator of the drug.
A drug can be administered to the person by self, heath care proxy, or a certified and or licensed medical personnel. While reading this article one will learn everything he or she may need to know about activated charcoal, a binding agent used to absorb toxins that have entered the body orally.
Activated charcoal can be administered by an EMT, Paramedic, Nurse, Doctor, or and properly trained and certified personnel. Activated charcoal is a charcoal that has been specially prepared so that it may absorb and bind toxins that have entered the body orally and traveled to the gastrointestinal tract. Activated charcoal is indicated for acute ingested poisonings.
When used short-term activated charcoal is safe for most adults, this specific drug may cause constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, and temporary darkening of the stools. Serious but rare side effects include: regurgitation into the lungs, dehydration, and slowing or blockage of the intestinal tract. Activated charcoal should not be given is the person has an airway that cannot be controlled, administer only after emesis.
Contraindications also include: ingestion of cyanide, acids, iron, ethanol, methanol, and G.I. obstruction. Activated charcoal should not be taken if the person has consumed any alcohol beverages. Taking alcohol might decrease how activated charcoal works to prevent poison absorption, milk products also decrease effectiveness.
For drug overdose or poisoning: 50 to 100 grams of activated charcoal is given at first, followed by charcoal every 2 to 4 hours at a dose equal to 12.5 grams per hour by mouth . For children, lower doses 1g/kg max 25 grams.