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.
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.
“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.