- What is thalidomide, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for thalidomide?
- Is thalidomide available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for thalidomide?
- What are the side effects of thalidomide?
- What is the dosage for thalidomide?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with thalidomide?
- Is thalidomide safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about thalidomide?
What is thalidomide, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Thalidomide is an oral medication used for treating the skin conditions of leprosy, a disease caused by a parasite, Mycobacterium leprae. The mechanism of action of thalidomide is not well understood. The immune system reaction to Mycobacterium leprae plays an important role in producaing the skin manifestations of leprosy. Scientists believe that thalidomide modifies the reaction of the immune system to Mycobacterium leprae and thereby suppresses the skin reaction. Thalidomide also is being evaluated as a treatment for HIV and several other conditions. Thalidomide was approved by the FDA in July 1998.
What brand names are available for thalidomide?
Is thalidomide available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
Do I need a prescription for thalidomide?
What are the side effects of thalidomide?
The most common side effects are:
Other important side effects include:
Thalidomide also causes nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy), slow heart rate, hypertension, hypotension, and a decrease in white blood cells. Symptoms of nerve damage are tingling, numbness and pain in the feet or hands.
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