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Pyrholidon is an item in Disco Elysium. It is a military drug designed to treat and prevent radiation sickness, though it also has "psychedelic" side effects.[1]

Description[ | ]

A pretty little puck-shaped cap of purple liquid that can bring on anything from hot flashes to military-grade psychosis. With sufficient tolerance, however, it can make any weather feel balmy – if only for a while.

Uses[ | ]

  • +1 to Psyche and -1 to Health for one hour.

Trivia[ | ]

  • Based on the chemical structure shown for pyrholidon in-game, its chemical formula is:
  • Pyrholidon is based on a real drug called AEOL-10150, being developed by the US-based Aeolus Pharmaceuticals. AEOL-10150 is a catalytic antioxidant, under development for treatment of the lung-based effects of acute radiation syndrome, as well as for treatment of exposure to certain chemical warfare agents.[2]
    • AEOL-10150 has a manganese-2+ ion, which has a "pale pink color". The ring structure around the manganese ion, called a porphyrin, is often "strongly colored" when complexed with metals; the word "porphyrin" comes from the Greek "porphyra," meaning "purple". Given this, the color of pyrholidon shown in-game is probably correct to real life.
  • Another possible inspiration for pyrholidon is the Soviet military drug Taren, which has aprofenum or benactyzine as the active ingredient. Taren was included in Soviet military first aid kits as an antidote for organophosphate poisoning from chemical weapons such as sarin, but in the '90s and '00s was also illegally sold and used as a recreational drug in post-Soviet countries due to its psychedelic/deliriant side-effects.[3]

References[ | ]

  1. YOU – Pyrholidon? What is that?

    ELECTROCHEMISTRY – A drug developed by the military to treat and prevent radiation sickness. It has psychedelic side-effects. *And* it makes your eyes turn yellow!

  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6125955/
  3. https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%90%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%BE%D1%84%D0%B5%D0%BD