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I received botox injections Wednesday. Wednesday night, I took activated charcoal for unrelated reasons (I had a few holiday drinks and I didn't want to have the alcohol in my system the next day).

Thursday I felt nausea, and today (Friday), I still have nausea.

Is it possible that the activated charcoal brought the botox through my system? Should I not have taken it?

I have a weak stomach in general. Just want to make sure I didn't spread the toxin through my body.

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I have discussed your concern with our team Gastroenterology Dr. Ratnakar Kini. It is highly UNLIKELY that the activated charcol would interact with the injected Botulinum toxin to cause any reaction / side effect / spread the toxin.

The persistent nausea and upper gastro intestinal symptoms could be from gastric irritation due to the activated charcoal itself (if you there is repeated usage) or alcohol. In rare cases it could be manifestation of something more serious like a Pancreatitis.

You may take a anti ulcer medication like OTC Prilosec once a day for 7 days. Avoid alcohol , spicy and irritant foods. If the symptoms persistis you may require further evaluation.

Hope this helps
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Thank you

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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