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Generic: thalidomide
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It is used to treat multiple myeloma

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What is this medicine?

THALIDOMIDE (tha LI doe mide) is used to treat multiple myeloma. It is also used to treat moderate to severe new lesions of leprosy and to prevent and keep the skin lesions of leprosy from coming back.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • low blood pressure
  • low white blood cell count
  • seizure disorder
  • tingling or numbness in hands or feet or other nerve pain
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to thalidomide other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding or planning to breast- feed

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not cut, crush or chew this medicine. 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. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

A special MedGuide will be given to you before each treatment. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 12 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. 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.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • alcohol or any product that contains alcohol
  • barbiturates, like phenobarbital
  • certain antidepressants or tranquilizers
  • certain antihistamines used in cold medicines
  • medicines that may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills
  • medicines which may cause tingling, numbness or nerve pain
  • muscle relaxants

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