Which medications in the drug class Decontaminants are used in the treatment of Tricyclic Antidepressant Toxicity in Pediatrics?

Updated: Mar 18, 2020
  • Author: Derrick Lung, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Stephen L Thornton, MD  more...
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Decontaminants

Activated charcoal is used to prevent drug absorption. Activated charcoal is not absorbed and is excreted entirely through the GI tract. It decreases the extent of cyclic antidepressant absorption from the GI tract, thereby reducing systemic toxicity.

Activated charcoal (Actidose-Aqua, Liqui-Char)

Network of pores present in activated charcoal absorbs 100-1000 mg of drug per gram of charcoal. Binds TCAs present in GI tract, thereby limiting systemic absorption and hastening elimination.


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