Last update: Oct. 11, 2017

Activated Charcoal

Very Low Risk for breastfeeding


Safe. Compatible.
Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Powdered carbon with high adsorption levels.
Administrated orally, it adsorbs drugs and toxins, avoiding their absorption from the gastrointestinal tract. It also has uses as an antidiarrheal and antiflatulent and for marking breast lesions in mammography.

Since the last update we have not found published data about its excretion in breast milk.

Its zero intestinal absorption (Torbet 2005, AEMPS 1998) prevents its passing into plasma and therefore into breast milk.

It use is permitted in infants under one year old (Pediamecum 2015).

Alternatives

We do not have alternatives for Activated Charcoal since it is relatively safe.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

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Tradenames

Main tradenames from several countries containing Activated Charcoal in its composition:

Pharmacokinetics

Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. 0 %
Molecular weight 12 daltons

References

  1. Pediamecum. Carbón activado Ficha pediátrica. 2015 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  2. Torbet. Activated Charcoal. Drug Summary. 2005 Full text (in our servers)
  3. AEMPS. Carbón activado. Ficha técnica. 1998 Full text (in our servers)

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