Actidose-Aqua is an adsorbent agent used in the emergency treatment of certain kinds of poisoning or drug overdoses. This drug helps prevent the absorption of poison from the stomach into the body.
The treatment of severe poisoning may take several doses of activated charcoal. This drug is ineffective in absorbing corrosive agents such as alkalis and strong acids, iron, boric acid, lithium, petroleum, or alcohols that have been swallowed.
This drug can come with sorbitol which is a sweetener and a laxative for the elimination of the poison from the body. This drug should be given only under the direct supervision of a healthcare professional because severe diarrhea and vomiting may result.
Relief from diarrhea and intestinal gas has not been reported with this drug. This drug is available without a prescription, however, before using this drug, call a poison control center, your healthcare professional, or an emergency room for advice.
2 What To Know Before Using
Before taking Actidose-Aqua, the risks and benefits for your body should be discussed with your healthcare provider. Inform your healthcare provider about any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications. This drug should be used only under the direct supervision of your healthcare professional, poison control center, or other health care professional.
It is still unknown whether this drug works exactly the same way in younger adults. This drug is not anticipated to cause different side effects or problems in older people than it does in younger adults.
Giving more than 1 dose of this drug to elderly persons with slow digestion will more likely cause constipation. Birth defects or other problems in humans were not reported in the use of this drug.
No reports of problems in nursing babies. Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire with your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects.
Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other drugs such as:
Morphine Sulfate Liposome
Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects. Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Inform your healthcare provider about any other medical problems such as intestinal bleeding intestinal or blockage, intestinal perforation, decreased, dehydration, slow digestion, or surgery.
To use Actidose-Aqua properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. It is recommended to call a poison control center, your healthcare professional, or an emergency room for advice.
Be careful when opening and adding water to the powder container to prevent activated charcoal powder from scattering. It is recommended to shake the liquid form of this drug well before taking it. Be sure to drink all the liquid.
Do not take this drug until after you have taken the ipecac syrup to cause vomiting and the vomiting has stopped if you have been advised to take both this drug and ipecac syrup to treat the poisoning.
This usually takes about 30 minutes. Taking this drug mixed with chocolate syrup, ice cream or sherbet is not recommended since they may prevent the drug from working properly.
Do not take other drugs within 2 hours of the activated charcoal, as these may be prevented from being absorbed by your body. Check with your health care professional for any concerns.
The dose of this drug will be variable for different patients. It may be 0.5 to 1 gram per kilogram of body weight mixed with water. The directions on the label or the prescription by your healthcare professional should be followed. The dosage of this drug you take depends on the medical problem for which you are using this drug.
The one dose treatment in adults and teenagers with poisoning is usually 25 to 100 grams of powder mixed with water. Adults and teenagers with poisoning having multiple doses are initially given 50 to 100 grams of powder. Then, the dose may be 12.5 grams given every hour, 25 grams given every two hours, or 50 grams given every four hours. Each dose should be mixed with water.
The dose in children up to 1 year of age is usually 10 to 25 grams of powder mixed with water, or the dose may be based on body weight. The dose in children 1 through 12 years of age is usually 25 to 50 grams of powder mixed with water, or the dose may be based on body weight.
The dose in children up to 13 years of age is initially 10 to 25 grams of powder. Then, the dose is based on body weight which is usually 1 to 2 grams per kg of body weight given every two to four hours. It may be 12.5 grams given every hour, 25 grams given every two hours, or 50 grams given every four hours. Each dose should be mixed with water.
Adults and teenagers using Activated charcoal and Sorbitol for poisoning are usually given 50 to 100 grams of activated charcoal given one time.
The dose in children 1 through 12 years of age is usually 25 to 50 grams of activated charcoal given one time. Use in children up to 1 year of age is not recommended.
Store the drug in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing. Keep out of the reach of children.
Dispose any outdated or expired drugs and ask your healthcare professional for the proper disposal of the drugs.
4 Precautions To Take
Actidose-Aqua should be used in a supervised medical facility or under the direction of a healthcare professional or poison control center.
Proper basic life support measures must be implemented as well as the appropriate gastric emptying techniques must be practiced before taking this drug.
This drug can cause you to produce black stools. These stools may be diarrhetic and may persist for several hours. Fluid and electrolyte must be monitored since this drug can cause accelerated defecation.
Dehydration, hypotension and significant electrolyte and fluid abnormalities may also happen if you are given multiple doses.
Bowel sounds should be frequently monitored to assess peristaltic action, especially in patients undergoing multiple doses activated charcoal therapy.
5 Potential Side Effects
Side effects of Actidose-Aqua may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur. Seek advice from your healthcare professional immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine, the side effects will slowly disappear.
Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.
If any of the side effects persists or are inconvenient, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional.
Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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