HumansIf you breathe in dusts of RDX or intentionally or accidentally swallow large amounts of RDX, you may develop seizures. The seizures are temporary and will stop after the RDX is eliminated from your body.

Some people exposed to large amounts of RDX also have alterations in blood pressure and in some components of the blood, but these effects may be secondary to the seizures.

We do not know the effects of long-term, low-level exposure to RDX.
Laboratory animalsAnimals that had large amounts of RDX placed in the stomach with a tube or that ate food mixed with RDX for longer periods of time suffered seizures.

Rats and mice that ate RDX for 3 months or longer had decreased body weights and slight liver and kidney damage.
CancerThere are no studies reported of cancer in people exposed to RDX.

The EPA has determined that RDX is a possible human carcinogen based on the presence of liver tumors in mice that were exposed to RDX in the food for 1–2 years.


Cover of Toxicological Profile for RDX
Toxicological Profile for RDX.
Abadin H, Smith C, Ingerman L, et al.

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