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Ricin (cont.)

Ricin Medications

Antibiotics serve no role in the treatment of ricin poisoning, as this is not an infectious condition.

  • Medications may be given to treat seizures and low blood pressure that are sometimes associated with exposure to ricin.
  • In the case of ricin exposure by injection, antibiotics may serve to prevent infection. A tetanus immunization may also be given as a precautionary measure.

Ricin Surgery

Surgical care is not necessary for exposure to ricin, unless the ricin was injected. In this instance, the injection site should be treated to assess whether a foreign object is present. If so, the object should be surgically removed.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/24/2015
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