Thalidomide - Leprosy and Skin Cancer Medicine

Thalidomide is a drug to treat or prevent certain skin conditions associated with Hansen's disease, formerly known as leprosy (erythema nodosum leprosum). Thalidomide is also used with other medicines to treat certain types of skin cancer (multiple myeloma).

This drug belongs to a class of drugs known as immunomodulatory works by reducing swelling and redness (inflammation). Thalidomide may also reduce the formation of blood vessels that feed tumors.


Drug used to treat leprosy and certain skin cancers.


Take this medicine once a day at bedtime at least 1 hour after dinner or as directed by a physician. Swallow this medicine whole with water. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.

Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often than prescribed. Do not open or crush the capsules, if one of the capsule powder on your skin, immediately wash the area with soap and water.

Because this drug can be absorbed through the skin and lungs, and may harm the unborn baby, women who are pregnant are prohibited from dealing drugs or inhaling dust from capsules that had been torn. Everyone should wash their hands thoroughly after handling this medication.

Do not stop treatment abruptly because skin conditions can become worse. The dose may need to be reduced gradually. Tell your doctor if your condition does not get better or if it worsens after 2 weeks.


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