Information about Thalidomide

Thalidomide uses

Thalidomide is used in the treatment of multiple myeloma and lepra reaction.

How thalidomide works

Thalidomide modulates the activity of body's immune system and helps indirectly attacking the cancer cells. It also stops the growth of blood vessels in cancer.

Common side effects of thalidomide

Headache, Sleepiness, Nausea, Rash, Breathlessness, Weakness, Dizziness, Edema, Loss of appetite, Decreased white blood cell count, Decreased calcium level in blood, Weight gain, Fatigue, Muscle weakness, Fever, Anxiety, Blood clots , Dry skin, Weight loss, Confusion, Decreased white blood cell count (neutrophils), Neuropathy, Constipation, Tremor.

Available Medicine for Thalidomide

  • ₹343 to ₹596
    Fresenius Kabi India Pvt Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹480
    Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹312 to ₹500
    Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹297 to ₹595
    Alkem Laboratories Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹518
    Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹449 to ₹829
    Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹385
    Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹777 to ₹1000
    United Biotech Pvt Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹393 to ₹650
    Hetero Drugs Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹676
    Celon Laboratories Ltd
    1 variant(s)

Expert advice for Thalidomide

  • Use an effective method of contraception for 4 weeks before starting treatment, during treatment, and until 4 weeks after stopping treatment. 
  • Before taking thalidomide inform your doctor if you have had a heart attack, have ever had a blood clotting related disorder, or if you smoke, have high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels, have existing slow heart rate (this may be symptoms of bradycardia), existing neuropathy i.e. tingling, abnormal co-ordination or pain in your hands or feet, sleepiness, a condition called Tumor Lysis Syndrome, severe infections. 
  • Consult a doctor if you develop allergic reaction such as rash, itching, swelling, dizziness or trouble breathing during thalidomide therapy. 
  • Avoid donating blood during thalidomide treatment and for 1 week after stopping treatment. 
  • Do not drive or operate machinery as thalidomide may cause fatigue, dizziness, somnolence and blurred vision.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Content on this page was last updated on 13 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)