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Thalomid (thalidomide) is used to treat:
- erythema nodosum leprosum (ENL), an inflammatory complication of leprosy. When there is inflammation of the nerves in addition to skin sores, Thalomid (thalidomide) should not be used as the only drug treatment.
- newly diagnosed multiple myeloma in combination with a drug called dexamethasone.
Precautions for Thalomid
- Thalomid (thalidomide) causes severe birth defects (see "Special Warnings" section).
- You must never share Thalomid (thalidomide) with anyone. You must take it only as prescribed.
- Thalomid (thalidomide) can cause significant nerve damage (called peripheral neuropathy) that can be permanent. Your doctor will examine you regularly for signs of this condition. If you have numbness, tingling, or pain or a burning sensation in your hands or feet, tell your doctor right away.
- Thalomid (thalidomide) causes sleepiness. Avoid situations where sleepiness may be a problem. For example, it may be difficult for you to drive a car or use other complex machinery. Do not take other medications that can cause additional sleepiness unless you have consulted with your healthcare professional.
- Thalomid (thalidomide) can cause rapid changes in blood pressure when you stand up resulting in dizziness, weakness or feeling faint. If you have been lying down or sitting, take a few moments to sit on the edge of the bed or chair before standing up.
- Some people have had an allergic reaction to Thalomid (thalidomide). If you have a rash, fever, rapid heartbeat, or very low blood pressure (e.g., feeling faint, weak or dizzy), contact your doctor right away.
- Thalomid (thalidomide) can cause a decrease in your white blood cell count. Your doctor should check your blood regularly while you are taking Thalomid (thalidomide) if there are any concerns about this.
Side Effects of Thalomid
The most serious side effect of Thalomid (thalidomide) is its ability to cause birth defects.
There is also a concern that Thalomid (thalidomide) may cause an increase in viral load for HIV-positive patients.
Reports of patients’ experience after Thalomid (thalidomide)became available:
Seizures, including grand mal convulsions, have been reported since Thalomid (thalidomide) has been approved for use. Most patients had disorders that may have made them more likely to develop seizure activity, and it is not currently known whether Thalomid(thalidomide) has any seizure-causing influence. During therapy with Thalomid (thalidomide), patients with a history of seizures or with other risk factors for the development of seizures should be monitored closely for clinical changes that could cause seizures to occur.
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