An antineoplastic - It is used to treat diseases caused by abnormalities in the immune system
What is this medicine?THALIDOMIDE (tha LI doe mide) is used to treat diseases caused by abnormalities in the immune system. It may also be used to treat some types of cancer. This medicine causes severe, life- threatening birth defects or death to an unborn child and is only available under strict guidelines. To receive this medicine, you, your doctor and your pharmacy must be registered in the System for Thalidomide Education and Prescribing Safety (STEPS) Program. You may only receive up to a 28- day supply of this medicine at a time, and you will need a new prescription for each refill. Your prescription must be filled within 7 days of your doctor's office visit.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
How should I use this medicine?Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on your prescription label. If you are only taking this medicine once a day, take your dose at bedtime at least 1 hour after your evening meal to decrease the drowsiness effects.
NEVER give this medicine to anyone else.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
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.