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Lenalidomide (Oral route)



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Dosage Forms:


Oral route(Capsule)

Lenalidomide may cause birth defects or embryo fetal death and should not be used during pregnancy. Exclude pregnancy before starting treatment with 2 negative pregnancy tests. Prevent pregnancy with abstinence or 2 reliable contraception methods, during treatment and for 4 weeks after treatment. Lenalidomide may cause significant neutropenia and thrombocytopenia. When used in patients with del 5q myelodysplastic syndrome, monitor blood counts weekly for 8 weeks and monthly thereafter. Risk of venous and arterial thromboembolism (DVT, pulmonary embolism, myocardial infarction, and stroke) is significantly increased in patients with multiple myeloma who are treated with lenalidomide and dexamethasone therapy. Thromboprophylaxis is recommended and should be based on underlying risks .



Immune Modulator

Uses of This Medicine:

Lenalidomide is used to treat anemia (low red blood cells) in patients with a certain type of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Patients with MDS may have very low red blood cell counts and require blood transfusions.

Lenalidomide is also used in combination with dexamethasone to treat multiple myeloma (plasma cell cancer).

Lenalidomide is also used to treat mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) in patients who have been treated previously with bortezomib plus one additional medicine that did not work well.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription and through a special restricted distribution program called the Revlimid® REMS program.

Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although these uses are not included in product labeling, lenalidomide is used in certain patients with the following medical condition:

Before Using This Medicine:

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:


Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.


Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of lenalidomide in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.

Older adults

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of lenalidomide in the elderly. However, elderly patients are more likely to have blood clotting problems, heart rhythm problem (eg, atrial fibrillation), and kidney problems, which may require caution and an adjustment in the dose for patients receiving this medicine.


Pregnancy CategoryExplanation
All TrimestersXStudies in animals or pregnant women have demonstrated positive evidence of fetal abnormalities. This drug should not be used in women who are or may become pregnant because the risk clearly outweighs any possible benefit.


There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Other medicines

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking this medicine, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

Other interactions

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Other medical problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

Proper Use of This Medicine:

Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. Also, do not stop taking this medicine without first checking with your doctor.

It is very important that you understand the rules of the Revlimid® REMS program. Read the patient Medication Guide. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. You might be asked to sign a form to show that you understand the information.

Swallow the capsule whole with water. Do not break, chew, or open it. If you accidentally open the capsule and have contact with the powder, wash your skin with soap and clear water. If the medicine gets into your eyes, nose, or mouth, rinse them with water.

Take this medicine at the same time each day. This means take it at the same time and take it consistently, either with or without food.


The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

Missed dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

If you miss a dose of this medicine and it is less than 12 hours since your regular time, take it as soon as you can and take your next dose at the normal time. If you miss a dose and it is more than 12 hours since your regular time, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the normal time.


Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Precautions While Using This Medicine:

It is very important that your doctor check your progress closely while you are using this medicine to see if it is working properly and to allow for a change in the dose. Blood tests may be needed to check for any unwanted effects.

Women should take the necessary precautions to avoid pregnancy while taking lenalidomide. Begin 2 forms of reliable contraception 4 weeks before starting lenalidomide, and continue contraceptive measures during therapy and for 4 weeks after the last dose. Routine pregnancy tests are necessary with this medicine. Call your doctor or 1-888-668-2528 for emergency contraception information if you think you are pregnant.

Men, even those who have had a vasectomy, must prevent pregnancy in their sexual partners during therapy and for 4 weeks after the last dose. Do not donate sperm while taking this medicine. Call your doctor or 1-888-668-2528 for emergency contraception information if you think your sexual partner may be pregnant.

Do not donate blood during therapy and for 1 month after the last dose.

This medicine lowers the number of some types of blood cells in your body. Because of this, you may bleed or get infections more easily. To help with these problems, avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Wash your hands often. Stay away from rough sports or other situations where you could be bruised, cut, or injured. Brush and floss your teeth gently. Be careful when using sharp objects, including razors and fingernail clippers.

This medicine may increase your risk of having blood clots. Check with your doctor right away if you have the following symptoms: anxiety, chest pain, fainting, a fast heartbeat, sudden shortness of breath or troubled breathing, or pain, redness, or swelling in the arm or leg.

This medicine may increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. This is more likely to occur if you already have a heart disease, high cholesterol, or if you smoke. Check with your doctor right away if you are having chest pain or discomfort, fast or irregular heartbeat, nausea or vomiting, pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck, shortness of breath, or sweating.

Serious liver problems can occur with this medicine. Your doctor may order blood tests to monitor your liver. Check with your doctor right away if you have any symptoms of liver problems, such as dark-colored urine or pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, pain in your upper stomach, or yellow skin or eyes.

Serious skin reactions can occur with this medicine. Check with your doctor right away if you have blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin, red skin lesions, severe acne or skin rash, sores or ulcers on the skin, or fever or chills while you are using this medicine.

Lenalidomide may cause a serious type of reaction called tumor lysis syndrome. Your doctor may give you a medicine to help prevent this. Call your doctor right away if you have a decrease or change in urine amount, joint pain, stiffness, or swelling, lower back, side, or stomach pain, a rapid weight gain, swelling of the feet or lower legs, or unusual tiredness or weakness.

This medicine may increase your risk of getting certain cancers (eg, acute myelogenous leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma). Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about this risk.

This medicine may cause a tumor flare reaction. Tell your doctor if you have swollen and painful lymph nodes, a mild fever, pain, or a rash.

Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.

Side Effects of This Medicine:

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common
Black, tarry stools
bleeding gums
blood in the urine or stools
chest pain
decreased urine
difficult or labored breathing
dry mouth
increased thirst
irregular heartbeat
loss of appetite
lower back or side pain
mood changes
muscle pain or cramps
nausea or vomiting
numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
painful or difficult urination
pale skin
pinpoint red spots on the skin
sore throat
sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
swollen glands
tightness in the chest
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual tiredness or weakness
Less common
Chest discomfort
difficulty with speaking
double vision
inability to move the arms, legs, or facial muscles
inability to speak
pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back or neck
slow speech
Incidence not known
blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
clay-colored stools
dark-colored urine
depressed mood
difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
dizziness or lightheadedness
dry skin and hair
fast heartbeat
feeling cold
general feeling of tiredness or weakness
hair loss
hoarseness or husky voice
itching or rash
joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
muscle cramps and stiffness
pain, redness, or swelling in the arm or leg
red skin lesions, often with a purple center
red, irritated eyes
sensitivity to heat
slowed heartbeat
stomach pain, continuing
sudden shortness of breath or troubled breathing
swelling of the feet or lower legs
trouble sleeping
unpleasant breath odor
vomiting of blood
weight gain or loss
yellow eyes or skin

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common
Abnormal or decreased touch sensation
bloody nose
blurred vision
body aches or pain
burning while urinating
burning, numbness, tingling, or painful sensations
change in taste
cough-producing mucus
difficulty with moving
drowsiness or tiredness
ear congestion
fast, slow, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
flushing or redness of the skin
increased sweating or night sweats
itching, pain, redness, swelling, tenderness, or warmth on the skin
lack or loss of strength
large, flat, blue or purplish patches in the skin
loose stools
loss of interest or pleasure
muscle spasms, stiffness, or twitching
pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
tender, swollen glands in the neck
trouble concentrating
trouble swallowing
unsteadiness or awkwardness
upper abdomen or stomach pain
voice changes
weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Last Updated: 10/12/2016

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