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Drug Treatments for Multiple Myeloma

posted Nov 16, 2010, 9:19 PM by David W.   [ updated Dec 22, 2010, 11:45 PM ]
Side effects of treatment with thalidomide may include blood clots, which can be prevented with aspirin or prescription blood-thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin and others); constipation; and fatigue. Thalidomide also may cause peripheral neuropathy, a nerve condition that causes tingling sensations, weakness, or numbness, typically in the hands and feet. Neuropathy can be treated with medications including gabapentin (Neurontin and others), duloxetine (Cymbalta), and pregabalin (Lyrica). Supplements of vitamins, particularly B vitamins, and physical therapy may also help.