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Fallout 3Med-X
Fallout: New VegasMed-X

Med-X is a chem that appears in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas.


Med-X is a potent opiate analgesic that binds to opioid receptors in the brain and central nervous system, reducing the perception of pain as well as the emotional response to pain. Essentially, it is a painkiller delivered by a hypodermic needle. According to the Powder Ganger, Boxcars, 15 hits of Med-X is more than enough to kill a man.



Gameplay articles: Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas
FO3 Med-X

Med-X is a potent pain killer that can often be found in first aid boxes or abandoned medical facilities. This chem will increase damage resistance by 25%, but it also carries a 10% addiction rate, and withdrawal results in a -1 penalty to Agility and Intelligence.

Behind the scenesEdit

Med-X was originally to be named Morphine in Fallout 3, but this resulted in the Australian Classification Board refusing its classification and thereby making it illegal to distribute the game in Australia.[1] The game was later censored to remove all real-world drug references including changing morphine to Med-X in order for the game to be allowed in Australia.[2] This censorship was to become part of the worldwide release.[3]


  1. OFLC Report: Why Fallout 3 Was Banned In Australia. Kotaku.
  2. Fallout 3 ban lifted in Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald.
  3. Fallout 3 Censorship Goes Global. Shacknews.

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