Disappearance of Crohn’s ulcers in the terminal ileum after thalidomide therapy: DISCUSSION (Part 2)

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23 Aug 2012

General guidelines for taking thalidomide

If you are female:

•    You must discuss with your doctor the birth control methods that are best for you. If you are able to have children, you MUST use TWO methods of birth control. If you are not able to use hormonal birth control (birth control pills, implants, or injections) for medical reasons, it may be possible for you to use two barrier methods (condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, vaginal pouches or contraceptive sponges).

•    You must use TWO methods of birth control beginning at least four weeks before taking thalidomide, continuously while you take the drug, and for four weeks after you stop taking the drug.

•    You must have a blood test done by your doctor which shows that you are not pregnant before you begin taking thalidomide.

•    Remember that no method of birth control except completely avoiding sexual activity is completely reliable.

If you are male:

•    You must read, understand and sign a consent form before you take thalidomide.

•    You must not take thalidomide if you cannot avoid unprotected sex with a woman.

•    You must use a condom EVERY TIME you have sexual intercourse with a woman while you are taking thalidomide, and for four weeks after you stop taking the drug.

•    Remember that no method of birth control except completely avoiding sexual activity is completely reliable.

•    You must inform your doctor IMMEDIATELY if:

■    You have had unprotected sex with a woman.

■    You think – FOR ANY REASON – that your female sexual partner may be pregnant.

■    Your female sexual partner is pregnant.
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