Generic Name : Thalidomide Pronunciation : tha LID o mide Therapeutic Classification : Antileprotics ICD Code : Y41.1
India- Oncothal, Talimyde, Thaangio, Thalix, Thaloda, Thaloma, Thalon, Thycad.
International- Thalomid. Why it is prescribed (Indications) :
This medication is an immunomodulatory agent, prescribed for multiple myeloma, and erythema nodosum leprosum (ENL). It works on the immune system to decrease certain substances that cause skin inflammation When it is not to be taken (Contraindications): Contraindicated in pregnant and breastfeeding women, and known hypersensitivity.
Dosage & When it is to be taken :
The recommended dose is 200mg administered orally once daily with water, preferably at bedtime and at least 1-hour after the evening meal. How it should be taken :
It comes as a capsule to take by mouth, with food. Warnings and Precautions :
* Caution should be exercised in patients with history of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), decrease in white blood cells, seizures, and in children.
* It may cause dizziness or drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery and get up slowly from bed while taking this medication.
* Avoid alcohol consumption while taking this medication. Side Effects :
Most Common - Drowsiness, dizziness, constipation, confusion, difficulty in breathing and rash.
Body as a Whole - Abdominal pain, accidental injury, weakness, back pain, chills, swelling in the face, fever, headache, uneasiness and infection.
Gastrointestinal - Loss of appetite, constipation, diarrhea, dry mouth, flatulence, liver function abnormalities, nausea and tooth pain.
Blood - Anemia and decrease in white blood cells.
Metabolic - Swelling in the extremities, increased cholesterol and elevated liver enzyme.
Central Nervous System - Agitation, dizziness, sleeplessness, nervousness, nerve disease, tingling, drowsiness, tremor and unsteadiness.
Respiratory - Inflammation of pharynx/sinus and runny nose.
Skin - Pimples, skin inflammation, nail disorder, itching and increased sweating.
Genitourinary - Blood in urine and impotence.
* Avoid excess dosage. Storage Conditions :
Store the medication at 25°C.
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