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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 1 decade ago

how fast does a cyanide capsule kill you?

how come it is so quick?

7 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    You have about three minutes: the same as if you are suffocated. In both cases the electron transport system is shut down, so very little new ATP is made. Once you have used up what is on hand, you die.

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  • 5 years ago

    If ingested cyanide takes approximately 3 seconds before consciousness is lost and less than 10 before irreversible cardiac arrest takes place. If inhaled the effects are even faster, when cyanide pellets are dropped in an alkaline solution, hence its use in the gas chambers... one inhalation causes immediate loss of consciousness and death will follow almost immediately... Once ingested or inhaled there is no turning back... death is inevitable.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It depends on the concentration.

    It kills you quickly cos it destroys an enzyme that takes part in respiration, which kills your cells


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  • Aseel
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    A cyanide is any chemical compound that contains the "cyano group," C≡N, which consists of a carbon atom triply-bonded to a nitrogen atom. Cyanide is the anion CN-. Many organic compounds are derived from cyanide, they are usually called nitriles. For example, CH3CN is acetonitrile, but occasionally it is labeled methyl cyanide. Of the many kinds of cyanide compounds, some are gases, others are solids or liquids. Some are molecular, some ionic, and many are polymeric. Those that can release the cyanide ion CN− are highly toxic.

    The most usual route of absorption is by inhalation of hydrogen cyanide gas, which can be formed from alkaline cyanides and certain complex cyanides by the action of acid. Hydrogen cyanide poisoning is also common as a result of smoke inhalation after house fires.

    Ingestion is equally dangerous, although this route of absorption is usually deliberate (suicidal or criminal).

    Absorption through the skin as an aqueous solution is low. Potassium or sodium cyanide can pass through the skin easily as a DMSO solution, though this is rare.

    Cyanide is an irreversible enzyme inhibitor. Cyanide ions bind to the iron atom of the enzyme cytochrome c oxidase (also known as aa3) in the fourth complex in the mitochondrial membrane in the mitochondria of cells. This denatures the enzyme, and the final transport of electrons from cytochrome c oxidase to oxygen cannot be completed. As a result, the electron transport chain is disrupted, meaning that the cell can no longer aerobically produce ATP for energy.

    Tissues that mainly depend on aerobic respiration, such as the central nervous system and the heart, are particularly affected.

    Plants contain an alternative pathway for respiration in their mitochondria. The alternate oxidase is not as efficient as the normal pathway, but immune to cyanide. As a result, plants are insensitive to concentrations of cyanide that are lethal to animals, and a few species (e.g. the Giant Bamboo in its shoots) are known to contain cyanides. Interestingly, the Greater Bamboo Lemur is able to consume lethal doses of the Giant Bamboo shoots with no effect. The reason for its immunity is not yet understood.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It is about 5 seconds if the liquid get to you blood.

    I am wearing a one so i know it 5 seconds.

    Source(s): LTTE
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  • 1 decade ago

    Don't know - I'll just go take one then get back to you!!

    Seriously, don't know, but minutes I think.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I tried it out and it takes about seven or eight minutes.

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