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Thalomid Overdose

If you are taking Thalomid (thalidomide) and believe you have overdosed, seek immediate medical attention. Possible overdose symptoms could include low blood pressure, sedation, and dizziness. For treating this type of overdose, a healthcare provider may administer activated charcoal, "pump the stomach," or treat any symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose.

Can You Take Too Much Thalomid?

Thalomid® (thalidomide) is a prescription medication approved to treat cancer of the plasma cells (multiple myeloma), as well skin sores associated with leprosy. As with most medicines, it is possible to take too much Thalomid.
The specific effects of an overdose can vary, depending on a number of factors, including the Thalomid dosage and whether it was taken with any other medications or substances.

Effects of an Overdose

There have been reports of Thalomid overdoses as high as 14.4 grams, with no long-term problems. Based on reported overdose cases, as well as the usual side effects of the medication, the symptoms of an overdose with Thalomid may include:

Treatment for a Thalomid Overdose

The treatment for this type of overdose may vary. If the overdose was recent, it is possible that the healthcare provider may administer activated charcoal or "pump the stomach" to help reduce the amount of the medication that is absorbed into the bloodstream.
Treatment will also include supportive care, which consists of treating the symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose. Supportive care for a Thalomid overdose may include:
  • Close monitoring of blood pressure and heart rate
  • Fluids given into a vein (an intravenous, or IV, infusion)
  • Medications to increase blood pressure in the event of potentially dangerous low blood pressure.
It is important that you seek medical attention immediately if you believe that you or someone else may have taken too much Thalomid.
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