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Thalomid Uses

How Does This Medication Work?

It is not entirely known how Thalomid works. When used for treating multiple myeloma, Thalomid may modify the production of certain proteins called cytokines that are involved in the growth and survival of cancer cells. The medication may also block the growth of blood vessels around the cancer cells, which prevents the cancer cells from getting the nutrition they need to grow.
 
When used for treating or preventing ENL, Thalomid likely works by blocking the inflammatory action of certain proteins (especially tumor necrosis factor).
 

Is Thalomid Safe for Use in Children?

This medication is approved for use in children as young as 12 years old. It has not been adequately studied in younger age groups.
 

Can Older Adults Use It?

Older adults can use Thalomid, but they may need to be closely monitored during treatment. Clinical trials have shown that older adults may be more likely to experience certain side effects, such as:
 
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Low blood potassium levels
  • High blood sugar levels
  • Blood clots
  • Abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia).
 

Off-Label Uses for Thalomid

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Thalomid for treating something other than the conditions discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Possible off-label uses of Thalomid include the treatment of:
 
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Thalomid Medication Information

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