This medication is used to treat anemia in patients with certain blood/bone marrow disorders (myelodysplastic syndromes-MDS). It is believed to work by decreasing the immune system’s response. This medication may also be used to treat certain cancers (multiple myeloma, mantle cell lymphoma-MCL). It is not recommended for the treatment of a certain type of chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
How to use lenalidomide
This medication must be used only within the Revlimid REMS guidelines in order to avoid possible exposure of an unborn baby to the drug. Consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start taking lenalidomide and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Before starting therapy, women of childbearing age should have two negative pregnancy tests before taking the drug. (See Warning section.)
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. Swallow this medication whole with water. For treatment of certain conditions (multiple myeloma, MCL), you may be instructed to take this medication in cycles (once daily for 21 days, then stopping the medication for 7 days). Dosage is based on your medical condition, response to therapy, and laboratory test results. Be sure to follow your doctor’s directions carefully.
Do not open, chew, or break the capsules, or handle them any more than needed. If any of the powder from the capsule gets on your skin, wash the area with soap and water.
Since this drug can be absorbed through the skin and lungs and may harm an unborn baby, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle this medication or breathe the dust from broken capsules. All people should wash their hands thoroughly after handling this drug.
Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to take it at the same time each day.
Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.