Ingredients and how they work
Radiation tablets may be given in the event of a nuclear accident, nuclear attack or certain radioactive medical treatment. Here’s a look at what radiation pills are and what’s in them.
Description of radiation plates
Sildis tablets are potassium iodide tablets, common salts. Potassium iodide is a source of dietary iodine. The way radiation tablets work is to saturate the thyroid with stable iodine, so that radioactive iodine isotopes are not needed and therefore not absorbed by the body.
Potassium iodide or KI is effective in protecting the thyroid gland in developing fetuses, infants, children and young adults due to the development of thyroid cancer from exposure to iodine isotopes.
The dose of potassium iodide is effective for 24 hours. However, the tablets do not protect against any other form of radiation exposure or protect any other organ. They cannot make good the damage that has already been done. Sildis tablets are not effective in people over the age of 40 because their thyroid activity does not cause much effect on iodine exposure to the radioisotope.
Replacement radiation tablets
There are natural alternatives to potassium iodide tablets. Sources of dietary iodine block absorption of unwanted radioactive iodine isotopes. Iodine can be obtained from iodized salt, sea salt, algae and seafood.
Is there a general purpose radiation pill?
No, there will be no pills to protect you from radiation exposure.
The best course of action is to remove contaminated clothing and shower to remove radioactive substances. Radiation can be blocked by physically separating yourself from your source using a material known to block this type of radiation. For example, it blocks alpha radiation with a sheet of paper.
The wall will block alpha radiation. Lead is used to block x-rays. Radiation energy determines what you will need to use to prevent exposure.