JL Bragg's medicinal charcoal tablets contain activated charcoal as the active ingredient.
Activated charcoal is a traditional remedy for treating excess stomach and intestinal gas. Medicinal charcoal is highly refined and purified to remove the harmful substances found in other non-medicinal grades of charcoal. The charcoal is activated by heating it to high temperatures, which alters the structure of the charcoal to give it a honeycomb formation that has a very large surface area.
The activated charcoal works by attracting excess gas in the stomach and bowels, which binds to the surface of the charcoal powder and is then excreted with the charcoal in the stools. This relieves the discomfort caused by excess gas (flatulence), wind, indigestion and heartburn. The charcoal is not absorbed into the bloodstream from the gut.
Activated charcoal is also used in hospital emergency departments to treat poisoning. However, when used in this way, activated charcoal is given in much larger doses than those contained in this preparation. You should never attempt to treat poisoning yourself with this preparation. Cases of poisoning should always be taken directly to a hospital emergency department, where the most appropriate treatment can be administered.
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.
If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the medicine's manufacturer.
For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Activated charcoal has the potential to interact with most other medicines, because it can bind to them in the gut and prevent them being absorbed. This may depend on the dose of charcoal taken. Consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking activated charcoal if you are taking any other medicines, including those bought without a prescription and herbal medicines, to make sure that the combination is safe and appropriate for you to take.
Other charcoal products such as JL Bragg's charcoal biscuits, capsules and powdered charcoal are also available.