Activated charcoal is a ﬁnely powdered material with a huge surface area (1,000 m2/g) prepared from vegetable matter by carbonisation. It is capable of binding a variety of drugs and chemicals and is used in the treatment of poisoning as a method of gastric decontamination. It is not systemically absorbed. It is also used occasionally for ﬂatulence and as a deodorant for skin ulcers.
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