Activated Charcoal Pills

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   Posted 5/15/2010 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I just saw this:
Somebody said...
A pill containing activated charcoal is being tested to treat Crohn’s disease in a clinical trial...

The doctor induced sepsis in rats, noticed increased TNF, which was being absorbed by the liver and dumped into the gut, presumably causing IBD. Ever hear anything more about this?
Cimzia, Asacol

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   Posted 5/16/2010 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I tried the charcoal caps awhile back for gas as I had heard they were good for that. But they only gave me bad cramps and more constipation. So if this is gonna be a new treatment, it won't be one I will be using. JMHO
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease 
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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   Posted 5/16/2010 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't remember getting the side effects Nanners had, but I too tried it for gas and it did nothing. I'll probably sit this one out and stick with what is working for me.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 5/16/2010 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
i too have tried this for gas and didnt notice a benefit.

as to it helping for crohn's, i'll need to see A LOT of literature to back that claim up....
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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