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Charcoal tablets & capsules

Updated 2 Feb 2023 | Indigestion remedies


Oral formulation of charcoal activated.

Drugs List

  • activated charcoal 300mg tablets
  • BRAGGS CHARCOAL 300mg tablets
  • Therapeutic Indications


    Relief of symptoms of indigestion, wind, heartburn, dyspepsia & flatulence



    600mg to 1200mg, taken three times a day.


    Children aged 12 to 18 years
    (See Dosage; Adult)


    Children under 12 years
    Hereditary fructose intolerance

    Precautions and Warnings

    Glucose-galactose malabsorption syndrome

    Preparation contains sucrose
    Activated charcoal will adsorb many oral drugs administered concurrently
    Advise patient stools may be discoloured

    Pregnancy and Lactation


    Charcoal activated is considered safe for use during pregnancy.

    The manufacturer advises charcoal activated may be used safely during pregnancy.


    Charcoal activated is considered safe for use during breastfeeding.

    The manufacturer states charcoal activated may be used safely when breastfeeding.


    Patients should be aware that activated charcoal will discolour the stool black.

    Side Effects

    Black faeces


    It is strongly recommended that the UK National Poisons Information Service be consulted on cases of suspected or actual overdose where there is doubt over the degree of risk or about appropriate management.

    The following number will direct the caller to the relevant local centre (0844) 892 0111

    Information may be obtained if you have access to ToxBase the primary clinical toxicology database of the National Poisons Information Service. This is available via password on the internet ( ) or if this is unavailable at the backup site ( ).

    Further Information

    Last Full Review Date: October 2019

    Reference Sources

    Summary of Product Characteristics: Charcoal 300mg tablets. J L Bragg Limited. Revised April 2018.

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