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Lenalidomide - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
Other Known Brands
  • Revlimid    

Why do I need this medicine?

Lenalidomide is used on its own or together with other medicines to treat cancer of the bone marrow. This medicine is used for the newly diagnosed or for those whose disease has progressed after one therapy.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Lenalidomide exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take this medicine with or without food. Swallow it whole. Do not break, open or chew the capsule. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Take this medicine at regular intervals. Complete the entire course of the medicine.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Do not take Lenalidomide if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby soon. If you become pregnant while being treated with this medicine, alert your doctor immediately. Lenalidomide may cause harm to your unborn child. You must use proven birth control methods while taking this medicine.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- kidney disease
- liver disease
- thyroid disease
- blood clot disorder
- heart attack, high blood pressure or high cholesterol level
- high total amount of tumour in the body
- any signs of infections

Let your doctor know if you are breastfeeding.

Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving this medicine to a child.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly.

- Routine blood tests must be done throughout the therapy.
- Your doctor may need to perform tests for your thyroid glands, liver and kidney.
- You may also need to have regular monitoring of any signs of infections, tumour and bleeding or bruising.
Your doctor will advise you on how often you need to have these tests.

What side effects could I experience?

Lenalidomide may cause drowsiness, dizziness or blurred vision. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert or need to see clearly.

Other side effects include any of the following: headache, tiredness, stomach pain or discomfort, diarrhoea, constipation, muscle or joint pain and dryness or itching of the skin.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:

- fever, chills, sore throat, cough, mouth ulcers or any signs of infections
- shortness of breath
- chest pain
- rashes with peeling of the skin or blistering of the lips, mouth or eyes accompanied by fever

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicines for heart disease e.g. digoxin
- blood thinning medicines e.g. warfarin
- medicines to treat symptoms of menopause e.g. hormone replacement therapy

Inform your doctor if you are currently taking birth control pills as this can reduce the effectiveness of Lenalidomide. You should not stop or start any birth control pills without first informing your doctor. Ask your doctor about using non-hormonal birth control as an alternative while being treated with this medicine.

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Lenalidomide.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

As this is a cancer medicine, always return any unused or expired tablets to the clinic, hospital or pharmacy for disposal. Do not throw it away in the household waste.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Lenalidomide - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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