What is Carbophos (Charcoal Vegetable) used for?

Carbophos is commonly used for reduce intestinal gas (flatulence), lower cholesterol levels, prevent hangover, and treat bile flow problems (cholestasis) during pregnancy.

Carbophos is a food supplement containing vegetable charcoal, in chewable tablet. The activated charcoal helps reducing excessive flatulence after eating.

How should I take Carbophos (Charcoal Vegetable)?

Take Carbophos by mouth with water.

Because of its absorbing properties, it is advised to respect an interval of 2 hours at least between taking the charcoal and taking another food supplement or medicine.

How do I store Carbophos (Charcoal Vegetable)?

Carbophos is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Carbophos in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Carbophos that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Carbophos down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings 

What should I know before using Carbophos (Charcoal Vegetable)?

Do not use this drug, if:

  • You have any kind of intestinal obstruction.
  • You have a condition that slows the passage of food through your intestine (reduced peristalsis), unless you are being monitored by your healthcare provider.
  • You are children, pregnant women.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Activated charcoal might be safe when used short-term if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, but consult with your healthcare professional before using if you are pregnant.

Side effects 

What side effects can occur from Carbophos (Charcoal Vegetable)?

Activated charcoal is safe for most adults when used short-term. Side effects of activated charcoal include constipation and black stools. More serious, but rare, side effects are a slowing or blockage of the intestinal tract, regurgitation into the lungs, and dehydration.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with Carbophos (Charcoal Vegetable)?

Carbophos may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Products may interact with this drug, including:

  • Syrup of ipecac
  • Oral drugs

Does food or alcohol interact with Carbophos (Charcoal Vegetable)?

Activated charcoal is sometimes used to prevent poisons from being absorbed into the body. Taking alcohol with activated charcoal might decrease how well activated charcoal works to prevent poison absorption.

What health conditions may interact with Carbophos (Charcoal Vegetable)?

Carbophos may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Carbophos (Charcoal Vegetable).

What is the dose of Carbophos (Charcoal Vegetable) for an adult?

For helps reducing excessive flatulence after eating: 

Chew 1 tablet 30 minutes before eating and 2 tablets just after it, take them with water.

For drug overdose or poisoning: 

50 to 100 grams of activated charcoal is given at first, followed by charcoal every 2 to 4 hours at a dose equal to 12.5 grams per hour.

What is the dose of Carbophos (Charcoal Vegetable) for a child?

Lower doses (10 to 25 grams) are used.

How is Carbophos (Charcoal Vegetable) available?

Carbophos is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet 400mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Carbophos, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: January 23, 2017 | Last Modified: December 19, 2019

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