Last update March 29, 2023

Activated Charcoal

Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Powdered carbon with high adsorption levels. Administrated orally, it adsorbs drugs and toxins, avoiding their absorption from the gastrointestinal tract. It also has uses as an antidiarrheal and antiflatulent and for marking breast lesions in mammography.

Since the last update we have not found published data about its excretion in breast milk.

Its zero intestinal absorption (AEMPS 2020 y 1998, Phebra 2018, Torbet 2005) prevents its passing into plasma and therefore into breast milk.

It use is permitted in infants under one year old. (Pediamecum 2015)


Recommendations for Drugs in the Eleventh WHO Model List of Essential Drugs: compatible with Breastfeeding. (WHO 2002)


We do not have alternatives for Activated Charcoal since it is relatively safe.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

Activated Charcoal is also known as

Activated Charcoal in other languages or writings:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Activated Charcoal in its composition:


Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. 0 %
Molecular weight 12 daltons


  1. Pediamecum. Carbón activado Ficha pediátrica. 2015 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  2. Torbet. Activated Charcoal. Drug Summary. 2005 Full text (in our servers)
  3. WHO / UNICEF. BREASTFEEDING AND MATERNAL MEDICATION Recommendations for Drugs in the Eleventh WHO Model List of Essential Drugs. Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development (WHO/UNICEF) 2002 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  4. AEMPS. Carbón activado. Ficha técnica. 1998 Full text (in our servers)

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