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What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Thalidomide Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(tha LI doe mide)

U.S. Brand Names


Canadian Brand Names


Pharmacologic Category

Angiogenesis Inhibitor; Immunomodulator, Systemic; Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) Blocking Agent

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant. Use during pregnancy can cause birth defects. A female must use two effective forms of birth control during treatment. A male must use a latex condom even if he has had a vasectomy. A written explanation of risks must be presented, reviewed, and signed by the patient before receiving this medicine. If a patient is younger than 18 years of age, this written warning must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

• This medicine can cause blood clots in your veins or lungs. Call your healthcare provider right away if you develop any chest pain, shortness of breath, or pain or swelling of the legs or arms.

• This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

• Please read the medication guide.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to thalidomide or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have numbness, pain, or tingling of hands or feet.

• If you are of childbearing age, but are not using two forms of birth control or if you are planning to become pregnant during your treatment or within 4 weeks after treatment has ended.

• If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

• If you are breast-feeding.

How does it work?

• Thalidomide decreases the body's harmful response to diseases affecting the immune system.

• It injures cancer cells causing their death.

How is it best taken?

• Take this medicine with water at bedtime at least 1 hour after the evening meal.

• Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• If you are a female of childbearing age, take a pregnancy test before starting this medicine.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect from light.

• Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 15:56:59.0

Modified: 2010-08-19 11:13:10.0

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