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    What is Thalidomide used for?

    Thalidomide is used to treat and prevent painful, disfiguring skin sores caused by leprosy. It belongs to a class of drugs known as immunomodulators. Thalidomide is also used along with other drugs to treat multiple myeloma (bone marrow cancer).

    What is the recommended dosage of Thalidomide?

    The dosage of Thalidomide prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

    Take Thalidomide with a full glass of water.

    What if you miss a dose of Thalidomide?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Thalidomide medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

    What if you overdose on Thalidomide?

    Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Thalidomide, seek medical attention immediately.

    What other drugs could interact with Thalidomide?

    It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Thalidomide.

    Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Thalidomide, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Thalidomide can interact with barbiturates, muscle relaxants, sedatives, and narcotic pain medicines.

    Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

    What are the side effects of Thalidomide?

    Like other medicines, Thalidomide can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Thalidomide are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

    It is pertinent to note that side effects of Thalidomide cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Thalidomide develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Thalidomide can cause side effects such as drowsiness, nausea, constipation, weakness, bone pain, and dry skin. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Thalidomide.

    What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Thalidomide?

    Is it possible for me to take Thalidomide with other drugs?
    Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Thalidomide?
    What are the possible drug interactions of Thalidomide?
    How will Thalidomide work in my body?
    How should Thalidomide be taken?
    How to reduce the risk of Thalidomide drug interactions and side effects?

    Note

    The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Thalidomide is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

     

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