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Re: Antacids and P-32
this is bullshit
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Subject: Antacids and P-32
Author: firstname.lastname@example.org at Internet
Date: 7/24/96 9:36 AM
"Aluminum hydroxide is constipating. Magnesium is a common physic. For
this reason, many antacids contain a balance of the two. If you give
aluminum hydroxide to complex with the P-32, all other things being equal,
then you are going to increase the radiation absorbed dose to the bowel
wall. You would probably be better off giving magnesium only to reduce the
residence time. This, in fact, is closer to the actual clinical practice.
In synopsis, giving aluminum hydroxide sounds like another great idea
killed by the facts."
I'm not a medical expert, and do not fully understand the processes
involved, and therefore obtained the guidance on administering antacids
containing aluminum hydroxide from NCRP 65; "Management of persons
accidentally contaminated with radionuclides". I figured they knew what
they were talking about.
I wasn't comfortable listing the contents of antacids by brand in my
article, but will do a little light reading in the PDR, and post some info
soon (I hope w/in a week or so)
Los Alamos National Lab