Which medications in the drug class Immunomodulators are used in the treatment of Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia?

Updated: Feb 01, 2021
  • Author: Karen Seiter, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Immunomodulators

Immunomodulators modulate processes that promote immune reactions resulting from diverse stimuli.

Interferon gamma-1b (Actimmune)

Interferon gamma-1b is a single-chain polypeptide containing 140 amino acids. It is produced by fermentation of genetically engineered Escherichia coli bacterium containing DNA that encodes for the human protein.

Thalidomide (Thalomid)

Thalidomide is a derivative of glutethimide. Its mode of action for immunosuppression is unclear. Inhibition of neutrophil chemotaxis and decreased monocyte phagocytosis may occur. Thalidomide may cause a 50-80% reduction of tumor necrosis factor–alpha.


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