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Are Gramoxone and Paraquat the Same Thing?
Paraquat is commonly sold under the trade name Gramoxone, but the herbicide is also sold under many different names. The chemical is used to control weeds in many agricultural and non-agricultural settings. It is also used for the desiccation of crops, like cotton, prior to harvest.
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What is Another Name for Gramoxone?
Although Gramoxone is the most popular herbicide that contains paraquat, the chemical is sold under dozens of other brand names, including:
- Para-Shot 3.0
- Helmquat 3SL
- Cyclone SL 2.0
- AH 501
- Ortho Paraquat CL
- Toxer total
- AH 501
- Bai Cao Ku
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Can You Still Buy Paraquat?
Many countries have banned the use of Paraquat after studies revealed a link between the weed killer and Parkinson's disease; however, many major agricultural nations, including the United States, still allow Paraquat to be used in a "restricted use" capacity, meaning that it can be used only by people who are licensed applicators.
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Can Paraquat be Used in Residential or Public Settings?
Paraquat must be stored in the original container explicitly intended for pesticides and locked away from children and animals. It is not legal to apply paraquat-containing products in residential or public recreational settings, as the chemical is intended for agricultural use only.
What Happens When You Drink Paraquat?
After a person ingests a large amount of paraquat, they are immediately likely to have pain and swelling of the mouth and throat. The next signs of illness following ingestion are gastrointestinal symptoms including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
Long-Term Health Effects of Paraquat Poisoning
If a person survives the toxic effects of paraquat poisoning, long-term lung damage (scarring) is highly likely. Other severe health effects may also occur from paraquat poisoning, such as kidney failure, heart failure, and esophageal strictures. Unfortunately, people who ingest a large amount of paraquat are not likely to survive.
What Should You Do if You Swallowed Paraquat?
If you have swallowed paraquat, you should get treated with activated charcoal immediately in order to decrease the amount absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract. Sicker people may need a procedure called hemoperfusion, which filters the blood through charcoal to try to remove paraquat from the lungs.
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