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2nd Edition

Activated Charcoal in Medical Applications

ISBN 9780367401917
Published September 23, 2019 by CRC Press
608 Pages

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Book Description

Highlighting activated charcoal's great effectiveness in treating drug overdoses and poisonings in both humans and animals, this comprehensive, single-source reference brings together vital information from every significant study on the use of activated charcoal for medical purposes-describing all available charcoal products and their characteristics.

Details activated charcoal's ability to reduce the systemic absorption of a vast array of drugs, chemicals, and biochemical substances-including analgesics, antipyretics, sedatives, alkaloids, snake venoms, and bacterial and fungal toxins.

Table of Contents


Historical Background of Activated Charcoal

Fundamentals of Activated Charcoal and the Adsorption Process

Properties of Antidotal Charcoal

The Nature of Drug Absorption, Distribution, and Elimination

Basic Details of Pharmacokinetic Modeling

Methods for Treating Poisoning and Drug Overdose

The Design of Clinical Studies and Data Treatment

Some Basic Aspects of Antidotal Charcoal

The Classic Studies of Andersen

Effects of Activated Charcoal on Major Classes of Drugs and Chemicals

Effect of Charcoal on Other Classes of Drugs

Effect of Administration Time, Food, and Gastric pH

Effect of Multiple Doses of Charcoal

Ipecac, Cathartics, and Charcoal: Interactions and Comparative Efficacies

The Development of Palatable Formulations

Hazards Associated with Antidotal Charcoal Use

Effect of Charcoal on Various Inorganic Substances

Effect of Charcoal on Endogenous Biochemicals

Use of Charcoal to Treat Poisoning in Animals

Reports from the Soviet Union

Resins and Clays as Sorbents

Other Medicinal Uses of Charcoal in Humans

Other Biochemical and Biological Uses of Charcoal


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Cooney, David O.