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Thalidomide Information

Thalidomide Benefits & Uses

Thalidomide is used to treat the following -

Thalidomide Dosage & How to Take

This is the usual dosage recommended in most common treatment cases. Please remember that every patient and their case is different, so the dosage can be different based on the disease, route of administration, patient's age and medical history.

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Ingredients of Thalidomide


Thalidomide Side Effects

Based on research, the following side effects have been observed when Thalidomide is used -

  1. Headache Mild
  2. Sleepiness
  3. Nausea or vomiting
  4. Rash
  5. Shortness of Breath
  6. Weakness
  7. Dizziness Mild
  8. Edema Severe
  9. Loss of appetite
  10. Decreased Calcium Level
  11. Decreased white blood cell count (neutrophils)
  12. Weight gain
  13. Fatigue
  14. Muscle twitching (painless)
  15. Fever Mild
  16. Anxiety Mild
  17. Dry Skin
  18. Weight Loss
  19. Confusion
  20. Constipation Severe
  21. Tremor
  22. Peripheral Neuropathy Severe

Thalidomide Related Warnings

Is the use of Thalidomide safe for pregnant women?

Those pregnant women want to take Thalidomide, before that take doctor advice regarding how to use. If you don't do same then it will cause harmful effects on your health.


Is the use of Thalidomide safe during breastfeeding?

Information about safety of Thalidomide for women who are breastfeeding is not available since scientific research on this is yet to be done.


What is the effect of Thalidomide on the Kidneys?

Thalidomide has very mild side effects on the kidney.


What is the effect of Thalidomide on the Liver?

Thalidomide is rarely harmful for liver.


What is the effect of Thalidomide on the Heart?

Thalidomide can have moderate side effects on the heart. If you notice any harmful effects then stop taking this drug right away. Consult your doctor before using this medicine again.


Severe Interaction of Thalidomide with Other Drugs

Thalidomide should not be taken with following medicines due to severe side effects it may cause to patients -

Thalidomide Contraindications

If you are suffering from any of the following diseases, you should not take Thalidomide unless your doctor advises you to do so -

  1. Drug Allergy
  2. Bradycardia (Slow Heart Rate)
  3. Epilepsy
  4. Bleeding
  5. Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Frequently asked Questions about Thalidomide

Is this Thalidomide habit forming or addictive?

No, Thalidomide is not habit forming.

Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?

After taking Thalidomide you may feel sleepy. So it is not safe to undertake these activities.


Is it safe?

Yes, but you should take Thalidomide only as per your doctor's advice.

Safe, but take only on Doctor's advise

Is it able to treat mental disorders?

There is no benefit of taking Thalidomide for mental disorders.


Thalidomide Interactions with Food and Alcohol

Interaction between Food and Thalidomide

information is not available on the interaction of any foods with Thalidomide, due to a lack of research on this.


Interaction between Alcohol and Thalidomide

No research has been done on this till date. Therefore, it is not known what the effect of taking Thalidomide with alcohol will be.

This medicine data has been created by -
Md Saadullah
M.Pharma, Pharmacy
3 Years of Experience
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Vikas Chauhan
B.Pharma, Pharmacy
2 Years of Experience
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