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Shortly after I started getting IBS symptoms, I discovered charcoal and found that it really helped with some of my symptomsEver since then it has become somewhat of a safety blanket for me, so much so that I had been taking it everyday for a long long time - I suppose its quite similar to how some of you describe a dependence on immodium... peace of mind!Well I was just wondering what kind of effects taking charcoal long-term can have..... I understand that it can really affect your absorption capabilities and so I am now trying to come off the stuff, which having 'relied' upon it for such a long time is really quite difficult!
 

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I'm not an expert on charcoal but I do know that it's often used in Accident & Emergency when someone has taken an overdose of tablets. (It depends what they took, how much and when as to whether this is the method to use, rather than washing the stomach out or another treatment.) Charcoal is used in some cases of swallowed overdose specifically because it attaches itself to the ingested drugs and prevents them from being absorbed by the digestive system. Thus, the drugs pass through the body & out without the person being affected by them. For this reason, I think it is indeed very likely that charcoal will affect your body's ability to absorb nutrients.Does your doctor know you're taking daily charcoal? Have you tried using immodium instead? According to my specialist (who, like you, is based in London), it's perfectly safe to take immodium every day and this is more effective than just taking it on bad days.
 

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I'm not an expert on charcoal but I do know that it's often used in Accident & Emergency when someone has taken an overdose of tablets. (It depends what they took, how much and when as to whether this is the method to use, rather than washing the stomach out or another treatment.) Charcoal is used in some cases of swallowed overdose specifically because it attaches itself to the ingested drugs and prevents them from being absorbed by the digestive system. Thus, the drugs pass through the body & out without the person being affected by them. For this reason, I think it is indeed very likely that charcoal will affect your body's ability to absorb nutrients.Does your doctor know you're taking daily charcoal? Have you tried using immodium instead? According to my specialist (who, like you, is based in London), it's perfectly safe to take immodium every day and this is more effective than just taking it on bad days.
 

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It depends on the dose. The ordinary dosage consumed is probably unlikely to have much impact on nutrient absorption.
 

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It depends on the dose. The ordinary dosage consumed is probably unlikely to have much impact on nutrient absorption.
 
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