Highly absorbent carbon obtained by heating granulated charcoal to exhaust contained gases, resulting in a very porous form with a large surface area. It is used chiefly for purifying gases by adsorption, solvent recovery, or deodorization and as an antidote to certain poisons.
Blood was passed through activated charcoal to remove the drugs.
Treatment guidelines Activated charcoal (50g) by mouth or nasogastric tube is indicated if the patient presents within 3-4 hours of ingestion.
Administering activated charcoal to bind any of the remaining drugs in the stomach to the gastrointestinal tract.
Once the victim is under medical care, doctors have the option of treating the person with a specific remedy to counteract the poison (antidote) or with activated charcoal to absorb the substance inside the individual's digestive system.
Remission can sometimes be achieved after treatment with oral doses of activated charcoal.