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What are some of the birth defects caused by the drug thalidomide? What was the drug used for?

What are some of the birth defects caused by the drug thalidomide? What was the drug used for?

Limb loss: Thalidomide was originally marketed in britain as a nausea drug during pregnancy. It later became evident that about 30% of women who used it during the 4-7 wk (when arms & legs were forming) gave birth to infants with defects.These ranged from absence of one or more limbs to malformation of the limbs that formed. ...Read more

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Once you start taking thalidomide, does it indicates that the myeloma is more serious?

Once you start taking thalidomide, does it  indicates that the myeloma is more serious?

No: Thalidomide is one of several drugs commonly used to treat myeloma. The choice of its use is not related to the "seriousness" of the disease. ...Read more

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I'm suffering from seizures after stopping thalidomide. I've used other to stop them but they won't go away. A Multiple Myeloma patient ?

I'm suffering from seizures after stopping thalidomide. I've used other to stop them but they won't go away. A Multiple Myeloma patient 
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? Relationship.: Thalidomide has neurological side effects but is not commonly thought to cause seizures. In fact, early studies suggested thalidomide might have anti-seizure activity. Myeloma does not commonly cause seizures either, although it might contribute to seizures if it causes electrolyte abnormalities or a skull tumor involves the surface of the brain. Work with your doc to evaluate and treat seizure ...Read more

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My mum is having chemotherapy, thalidomide and other medicines to treat myeloma. Is it safe for her to take mel life honey ?

My mum is having chemotherapy, thalidomide and other medicines to treat myeloma. Is it safe for her to take mel life honey ?

Watch out sugar: In general it is okay. But she needs to watch out her blood sugar- as steroid is usually given along with thalidomide. Steroid can increase blood sugar and so can honey. It could be problematic if she is diabetic. So , watch out the blood sugar. ...Read more

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In the 1960s, many women who took a tranquilizer called thalidomide early in pregnancy gave birth to babies with phocomelia. So how are vaccines any different now since they haven't been tested on pregnant women?

In the 1960s, many women who took a tranquilizer called thalidomide early in pregnancy gave birth to babies with phocomelia. So how are vaccines any different now since they haven't been tested on pregnant women?

Drugs in pregnancy: A drug is different than a vaccine. A drug acts on receptors to cause an effect. A vaccine is an antigen or a altered virus which is designed to cause the immune system to make antibodies and protect the body from disease. Testing of drugs and vaccines has changed greatly from the fifties when thalidomide was originally tested. Vaccines are known to be safe for pregnant women even with no testing. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the drug thalidomide affect babies?

Can you tell me how the drug thalidomide affect babies?

Limb loss: Thalidomide was originally marketed in britain as a nausea drug during pregnancy. It later became evident that about 30% of women who used it during the 4-7 wk (when arms & legs were forming) gave birth to infants with defects.These ranged from absence of one or more limbs to malformation of the limbs that formed. ...Read more

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What is the thalidomide drug testing procedure?

What is the thalidomide drug testing procedure?

Thalidomide was a: drug used for nausea in pregnancy in the 1959s and 69s but caused many birth defects such as absence of arms or legs. It caused the drug industry to re evaluate its policy as to the reporting of side effects and problems with the drug. ...Read more

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Once you start taking thalidomide, does it indicates that the myeloma is more serious?

No: Thalidomide is one of several drugs commonly used to treat myeloma. The choice of its use is not related to the "seriousness" of the disease. ...Read more

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What are the effects of thalidomide on pregnant women?

What are the effects of thalidomide on pregnant women?

Limb defects: Taken during the first trimester, when the embryo's limbs are formed, Thalidomide can cause severe defects. ...Read more