Activated charcoal makes birth control pills less effective

Be careful when you eat charcoal.

The INSIDER Summary:

  • Activated charcoal is a trendy food additive and supplement.
  • Eating too much of it can mess with the absorption of medications, including birth control pills.
  • A gynecologist told INSIDER that you should wait two hours between taking your pill and consuming a large dose charcoal.

Activated charcoal is hugely trendy right now. People are using it to whiten their teeth, to supplement dubious “detox” diets, and to turn foods a rich, dark, oh-so-Instagrammable shade of black.

But overdoing it on activated charcoal could make certain medications less effective. A report in Eater last week said that the efficacy of more than 200 drugs — including the birth control pill — can be hampered by activated charcoal.

Gynecologist Alyssa Dweck, MD, author of “The Complete A to Z for your V,” confirmed to INSIDER that it’s true.

“The whole purpose of activated charcoal in the medical world is to prevent absorption of medications or drugs in order to prevent toxicity,” Dweck told INSIDER.

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