Created By: ginsengaddict on May 14, 2011 Last Edited By: ginsengaddict on January 20, 2013

Rad Away

Drugs which cure radiation poisoning. Instantly.

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Radiation poisoning. It's not pleasant. But fear not! We have drugs that instantly cure Radiation poisoning, as well as reverse the symptoms, such as tumors and leukemia, and that pesky hair loss! Give or take a few days... Also, no side-effects!

A Fantastic Drug which is used to clean out the user's system of all that nasty radiation, so they can get back to the action.

Since radiation poisoning is a crippling condition, this is used as a Hand Wave to enable the writers to show a character suffering from it, but then be completely fine when the plot requires it. Alternatively, the plot can center around a character suffering radiation poisoning, and seeking this to rid themselves of the ailment.


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Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • May 14, 2011
    • The film Screamers, set on an irradiated planet, requires everyone to smoke anti-radiation cigarettes.
  • May 14, 2011
    ^ Do they cure radiation, or just vaccinate?
  • May 14, 2011
    Chemotherepy doesn't cure radiation poisoning. It treats cancer. You cannot make a vaccine for radiation poisoning. Nor can you "cure radiation" any more than you could cure acid.
  • May 14, 2011
    If it's a trope for removing radiation, there's those nanomachines in Ghost In The Shell.
  • May 14, 2011
    ^^ Wow... that was quite specious of you. Well done. (Applause)

    ^ How are they used in a narrative sense? If its just "a thing that cures radiation" then it's not an example. Trying to avoid People Sit On Chairs here.
  • May 15, 2011
    @Bisected8 is trying to say that the alt title is inappropriate, because chemotherapy isn't a cure for acute radiation poisoning (whereas the trope-naming drug in Fallout is).

    I'm pretty sure they had this on Star Trek (used just as in Fallout -- Mc Coy or Crusher dose someone with it after they've been in a radioactive environment, boom, cured), though I couldn't tell you what they called it.
  • May 15, 2011
  • May 15, 2011
    The anti-radiation drugs the Doctor and his companions are desperately searching for in the first ever Dalek story on Doctor Who.
  • May 15, 2011
    ^^ Thank you for finding the Super Trope.
  • January 18, 2013
    Bump; requesting opinions as to whether this is worth splitting from Magic Antidote.
  • January 19, 2013
    Well, it depends. This Trope is just focusing on anti-radiation Magic Antidotes? Sounds good-although it could use some more examples.
  • January 19, 2013
    STALKER has anti-radiation pills that immediately clear your radiation meter. It's only necessary for a couple of zones, as radiation in the game either serves as Border Patrol, or locks away hidden caches of weapons. The other option is Vodka, which, for obvious reasons, induces an Interface Screw.
  • January 19, 2013
    This is not quite different from Magic Antidote, considering that the latter is unrealistic as well.
  • January 19, 2013
    Yeah, unnecessary subtrope of Magic Antidote.
  • January 19, 2013
    Live Action TV
    • Star Trek The Original Series episode "The Deadly Years". Several members of the Enterprise crew are affected by a strange form of radiation that causes Rapid Aging (30 years/day). Spock, Dr. McCoy and Dr. Wallace come up with an adrenaline-based serum that not only cures the radiation poisoning but reverses the aging as well.

    Tabletop Games
    • Gamma World. One of the items of high tech madical equipment available was Anti-Radiation Serum. If administered immediately after exposure, it would cure all Hit Points of damage caused by radiation.
    • Dungeons And Dragons module S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks. The android nurse in the medical area can give an injection that cures radiation poisoning within 30 minutes.
    • Traveller Adventure 3 Twilight's Peak. The cargo of the merchant starship Gyro Cadiz included Imperial radiation treatment drugs.
  • January 20, 2013
    In D20 Future, Neutrad is available starting at PL 6. It cures radiation poisoning almost instantly, and is extremely cheap.
  • January 20, 2013
    Potassium iodide can help protect the thyroid from ingested radioactive iodine following nuclear accidents but is useless against any other form of radiation poisoning. Large doses of antioxidant drugs can reduce the damage caused by radiation by removing the free radicals which cause most of the damage to DNA, but free radicals are also required for cellular respiration.

    Most treatments for radiation poisoning involve lengthy antibiotic regimens (until the immune system recovers) and if serious enough blood, stem cell or even organ transplants.