THALIDOMIDE (tha LI doe mide) treats multiple myeloma, a type of bone marrow cancer. It works by slowing down the growth of cancer cells. It may also be used to prevent and treat skin conditions caused by leprosy. It works by slowing down an overactive immune system. This decreases inflammation.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Thalomid
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Take this medication by mouth with water. Take it as directed on the prescription label at the same time every day. Do not cut, crush, or chew this medication. Swallow the capsules whole. If you are taking this medication once a day, take your dose at bedtime at least 1 hour after your evening meal to decrease the drowsiness effects. Take all of this medication unless your care team tells you to stop it early. Keep taking it even if you think you are better.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your care team about the use of this medication in children. While it may be prescribed for children as young as 12 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can unless your next dose is to be taken in less than 12 hours. If your next dose is to be taken in less than 12 hours, then do not take the missed dose. Take the next dose at your regular time. Do not take double or extra doses.
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Visit your care team for regular checks on your progress. This medication may make you feel generally unwell. This is not uncommon, as chemotherapy can affect healthy cells as well as cancer cells. Report any side effects. Continue your course of treatment even though you feel ill unless your care team tells you to stop.
You may need blood work while taking this medication.
This medication may cause serious skin reactions. They can happen weeks to months after starting the medication. Contact your care team right away if you notice fevers or flu-like symptoms with a rash. The rash may be red or purple and then turn into blisters or peeling of the skin. You may also notice a red rash with swelling of the face, lips, or lymph nodes in your neck or under your arms.
This medication is available only through a special program. Care teams, pharmacies, and patients must meet all the conditions of the program. Your care team will help you get signed up with the program if you need this medication. Through the program you will only receive up to a 28-day supply of the medication at one time. You will need a new prescription for each refill.
Talk to your care team if you or your partner wish to become pregnant or think you might be pregnant. This medication causes severe birth defects if taken during pregnancy or for 4 weeks after stopping treatment. Avoid pregnancy for at least 4 weeks before beginning treatment, during treatment, during dose interruptions, and for at least 4 weeks after stopping treatment. Two negative pregnancy tests are required before starting this medication. A negative pregnancy test is also required periodically during treatment. Two reliable forms of contraception are required starting 4 weeks before treatment, during treatment, during dose interruptions, and for 4 weeks after treatment is stopped. Talk to your care team about reliable forms of contraception. Males must use a condom during sex while taking this medication and for 4 weeks after stopping treatment. A condom is needed even if you have had a vasectomy. If you become pregnant, miss a menstrual cycle, or stop using contraception, stop taking this medication. Call your care team. Severe birth defects may occur even if just 1 dose is taken.
Do not breast-feed while taking this medication.
Do not donate sperm while taking this medication or for 4 weeks after stopping treatment.
Do not donate blood while you are taking this medication or for 4 weeks after stopping treatment. Donated blood may contain enough of this medication to cause serious birth defects in a fetus if transfused to someone who is pregnant.
This medication may affect your coordination, reaction time, or judgment. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you. Sit up or stand slowly to reduce the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Drinking alcohol with this medication can increase the risk of these side effects.
Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your care team if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Store between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Protect from light. Get rid of any unused medication after the expiration date.
To get rid of medications that are no longer needed or have expired:
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
Contact your health care provider immediately, day or night, if you should experience any of the following symptoms:
The following symptoms require medical attention, but are not an emergency. Contact your health care provider within 24 hours of noticing any of the following:
Always inform your health care provider if you experience any unusual symptoms.
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