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Drug Binding to Charcoal

Activated charcoal is not effective in these compounds as they are either not carbon based or are too small to be bound tightly.

Recent evidence supports some binding of some of these traditionally non-binding compounds.


Hoffman RS, Stringer JA, Feinberg RS, Goldfrank LR. Comparative efficacy of thallium adsorption by activated charcoal, Prussian blue, and sodium polystyrene sulfonate. J Toxicol Clin Toxicol 1999; 37(7):833-837 PMID10630266

Favin FD, Klein-Schwartz W, Oderda GM, Rose SR. In vitro study of lithium carbonate adsorption by activated charcoal. J Toxicol Clin Toxicol 1988; 26(7):443-450 PMID3148035

Gomez HF, McClafferty HH, Flory D, Brent J, Dart RC. Prevention of gastrointestinal iron absorption by chelation from an orally administered premixed deferoxamine/charcoal slurry. Ann Emerg Med 1997; 30(5):587-592 PMID9360566

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