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How do medications treat poisoning?

Many poisons are treated by swallowing activated charcoal. The charcoal enters the digestive tract and attaches to any of the poison has not   yet been absorbed. This way, it can't get into the blood and harm the person. In some cases, there may be a specific antidote to help counteract the poison. In very serious cases, doctors may use an artificial kidney to help filter the poisons out of the blood.

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