Steer Patients Asking About Activated Charcoal to the Pharmacist

Activated charcoal is cropping up in unusual places...such as toothpastes, mouthwashes, topical cleansers, drinks, and oral supplements.

The idea is that activated charcoal binds various substances...which is loosely based on its role in treating acute poisoning in the emergency department (ED).

Some products are now claiming this black ingredient can whiten teeth and freshen breath...treat acne or soothe irritated skin...or be used orally to "detox" or prevent hangovers.

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