Acta Med. 2005, 48: 87-90

The Influence of the Time of Antidotal Treatment Administration on the Potency of Newly Developed Oximes to Counteract Acute Toxic Effects of Tabun in Mice

Jiří Kassa

University of Defence in Brno, Faculty of Military Health Sciences in Hradec Králové, Department of Toxicology, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

Received February 1, 2005
Accepted May 1, 2005

1. The influence of the time of administration of antidotal treatment consisting of anticholinergic drug (atropine) and newly developed oxime (K027 or K048) on its effectiveness to eliminate tabun-induced lethal toxic effects was studied in mice. 2. The therapeutic efficacy of antidotal treatment of tabun-induced acute poisoning depends on the time of its administration regardless of the choice of the oxime. 3. Our results show that both oximes studied (K027, K048) are able to sufficiently eliminate lethal effects of tabun. Nevertheless, their efficacy significantly decreases when they were administered 5 min after tabun poisoning. 4. The findings support the hypothesis that both newly developed oximes appear to be suitable oximes to counteract acute toxicity of tabun although their ability to eliminate lethal toxic effects of tabun significantly decreases with prolonged time interval between tabun challenge and antidotal treatment administration.


The study was supported by the Grant of Ministry of Defence, OBVLAJEP20032.


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