General Warning: Thalidomide drug is never taken by pregnant women as if it is taken during pregnancy it can cause the death of unborn babies and severe birth defects.
What are the uses of thalidomide?
Thalidomide is a medication used in the treatment of graft versus host disease, multiple myeloma, and several complicated skin conditions such as leprosy. In recent studies, it has been also found effective in case of HIV associated conditions.
This therapy is a first-line treatment used in the case of multiple Myeloma that is combined with melphalan or dexamethasone and prednisone.
How does thalidomide treat multiple myeloma?
Thalidomide is effectively used in the treatment of Multiple Myeloma. This medication Works By slowing down the blood vessel growth around abnormal plasma cells generally called anti-angiogenesis. This medication reduces the availability of nutrients that are required by plasma cells for its proper growth and functioning.
This medication is generally used after the recurrence of multiple myeloma who have been completely cured of the initial treatment. This drug is consumed in tablet form orally. Thalidomide used in pregnant women is not recommended in the case of multiple Myeloma as it may cause embryo fatal damage.
Is there a generic for thalidomide?
Thalidomide is a generic medication which is sold under different trade names.
Thalidomide side effects: Some common side effect of thalidomide are mentioned below:
- Loss of appetite
- Bone pain
- Dry skin
- Muscle weakness
Thalidomide may have some severe adverse reactions in the body which need immediate healthcare professional recommendation. These are:
- Tightness in feet
- Numbness in hand and feet
- Muscle weakness or cramps.
Dosage: The drug is available in capsule form each of 50mg. Thalidomide 50mg capsule is taken orally usually at night to decrease the sleepiness in the day. The capsule is stored at a cool, dry place away from sunlight.
Overdose: If accidentally a patient takes overdose directly consult with your healthcare professional to minimize its effect.
Missed Dose: If you miss any dose consult with your healthcare provider or doctor about taking further medication.