Antidotes to VX Gas

Unfortunately, none of these three antidotes are useful in a widespread situation as they are all slow acting and require the assistance of a second party.


Atropine is injected intramuscularly (into the thigh) in 2mg doses every 3-8 minutes. If faster action is required, a direct injection into the heart will prevent death, effectively neutralising the effect of VX.

Below is an artist's impression of an atropine autoinjector used by the Dutch Armed Forces. Each marine is supplied with three autoinjectors. If VX exposure is indicated, a fellow soldier uses one autoinjector in the victim's thigh every six minutes.

A Dutch Atropine Autoinjector