April 8, 2020  Last Update: November 12, 2019, 4:01 pm

Military to use Snake Venom for Non-Addictive Pain Relief

The makers of Nyloxin hope to sell a pain reliever derived from snake venom to the US military, since it is non-addicting (non-opiate/opioid).

The makers of Nyloxin hope to sell a pain reliever derived from snake venom to the US military, since it is non-addicting (non-opiate/opioid).

Nutra Pharma announced it is  developing a ‘military strength’ version of Nyloxin™, its over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication that is a “non-toxic, non-narcotic, non-addictive, non-steroidal and contains no aspirin or acetaminophen”. Registration has been filed to permit Nutra to market it directly to the U.S. military.

Overuse of prescription drugs (especially NSAIDs, which are “non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs”) is an issue in the military. In 2012 the National Institute on Drug Abuse stated, “heavy alcohol and tobacco use, and especially prescription drug abuse, are much more prevalent and are on the rise [in the military].”

"Our hope is that with Nyloxin™, we can greatly reduce the instances of opiate abuse and overuse of NSAIDs in high risk groups like the US military."
- Rik J Deitsch, Chairman and CEO of Nutra Pharma Corporation

Nyloxin™ isn’t the first cobra-venom-based pain reliever. According to the Nyloxin website, In ancient China, cobra venom was primarily used to treat cancer and arthritis. In India they also also used it as a tonic and aphrodisiac. Today, cobra venom is used primarily  to control pain in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

“Nyloxin is supported by significant clinical evidence consisting of 46 human clinical studies and 20 pre-clinical studies documenting the effectiveness of cobra venom for the treatment of various types of pain, including cancer pain, chronic pain, neuralgia, and pain associated with parkinsons, arthritis, and herpes zoster.”

Military to use snake venom as non-addicting painkiller


  • ref: Nutra Pharma Introduces Nyloxin™ Military Strength
  • ref: My Nyloxin – How it Works
  • ref: The Deadly Rise of Prescription Drug Abuse in the Military
  • drug abuse in the Navy
  • ref: Addressing Drug Abuse in the Armed Forces


  1. Ken Reed says:

    This is really awesome! I’ve used Nyloxin before, and thought it was cool that the military was putting their trust in pain relievers made from cobra venom. I’ve also used Cobroxin and Cobrynol cobra venom stuff. I swear by cobra venom.

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  2. Ron Cramer says:

    According to the company’s website, they are dveeloping the product. It has not been approved by the military for use.

  3. It’s unlikely the military would use this. One big advantage of opioid pain killers is they prevent the wounded from going into shock.

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