Thalidomide Drug Information
Thalidomide (Thalomid®) is a medication prescribed for the treatment of multiple myeloma (cancer of the plasma cells), and for the treatment or prevention of skin lesions associated with leprosy. It is approved for use in adults and children as young as 12 years old.
The medicine comes in the form of capsules and is typically taken once daily. Your healthcare provider will determine an appropriate dosage based on your weight, the reason you are taking the drug, and how you respond to it.
Before using thalidomide, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on any other drugs you are taking (including vitamins and supplements), as well as any allergies you may have, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives. Thalidomide should not be used in pregnant women, as it can cause severe birth defects and even fetal death.
(For more information on this drug, click Thalidomide. This full-length article provides information on how this medicine works, dosing instructions, and safety issues to be aware of before beginning treatment.)