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The Word:


Generic name Thalidomide
Pronunciation tha-LID-oh-mide
Brand name(s), other common name(s) Thalomid®
Drug type  Immunomodulator
How the drug is given By mouth

Thalidomide is FDA approved in combination with dexamethasone to treat patients with newly diagnosed myeloma. It is being studied to treat patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS).

Side effects needing medical attention: Patients noticing peripheral neuropathy (tingling, burning, numbness or pain in the hands or feet) must stop taking the medication and call their doctor immediately. Also needing medical attention are muscle weakness; blood in urine; decreased urination; fever, alone or with chills and sore throat; irregular heartbeat; low blood pressure; rash; constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; nausea; stomach pain; dryness of mouth; dry skin; headache; increased appetite; mood changes; swelling in the legs.


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last updated on Tuesday, October 16, 2012