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How do medications treat nerve gas poisoning?

Nerve gas poisoning occurs when nerve gases enter the body and interfere with cell respiration, depriving the cells of oxygen and causing a buildup of acetylcholine. Pretreatment antidotes work by interrupting the interference of nerve gases upon cell respiration so that the cells can properly dispose of acetylcholine and allow nerve endings to function properly. Post exposure medications work by preventing absorption of excess acetylcholine.

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