Now that we've covered the two radionuclides Prussian Blue can help eliminate, lets look at the medication. Prussian blue was originally not a medication but a colour pigment. It was eventually discovered that it can literally be swallowed straight off and it helps with the removal of heavy metals in the body. People that have been poisoned with Thallium-201 or Cesium-137 are given Prussian Blue to help eliminate the two substances faster.
Radiogardase by Heyltex:
Here is a chart of the dosage for Prussian Blue (Radiogardase) from the Heyltex web site:
- Adults and Adolescents 3000mg (3grams) 3 times per day (Every 8 hours)
- Children (2 to 12 years old) 1000mg (1gram) 3 times per day (Every 8 hours)
The typical dosage needs to be kept for 30 days after the exposure to Thallium-201 or Cesium-137 has been removed. This makes it a VERY expensive treatment (2813.40$US for one adult) but if it save my life then it's worth it. The biggest problem with Prussian Blue is that the only FDA approved brand, Radiogardase is prescription only and thus cannot be bought legally without a prescription. The FDA also clearly states that no one should try to make their own Prussian Blue by ingesting the Prussian Blue paint pigment. If you ask me the only difference between the FDA Radiogardase and paint pigment Prussian Blue is that it has better quality control over trace elements contained in it like lead, and other metals. If I could find a good source of pure Prussian Blue powder pigment, measure 500mg and pack it in gelatine capsules, I'd do it. It won't be FDA approved and may be dangerous, but when a nuclear war breaks out the FDA will be busier doing other things that running after me for making my own drugs. Be sure to check out my next post on DTPA for Radioactive Plutonium or Americium!