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Diarrhea, tiredness, dizziness, dry skin, constipation, stomach pain, vomiting, dry mouth, unpleasant taste, loss of appetite, headache, trouble sleeping, or painful urination may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes, pounding heartbeat.
People with multiple myeloma who are treated with this medication may rarely get other cancers (such as acute leukemia, tumors). Consult your doctor for more details.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the Revlimid (lenalidomide) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking lenalidomide, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to thalidomide; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease.
This drug may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.
Kidney function declines as you grow older. This medication is removed by the kidneys. Therefore, elderly people may be at a greater risk for side effects while using lenalidomide.
Because lenalidomide can cause severe birth defects or death to an unborn baby, several precautions are noted below.
Do not donate blood while using lenalidomide and for 4 weeks after stopping this drug.
Males - This medication passes into semen. Therefore, always use a latex condom when having sexual intercourse with a woman of childbearing age, even if you have had a vasectomy. You must not donate sperm while using lenalidomide and for 4 weeks after stopping this drug.
Use two forms of effective birth control together for at least 4 weeks before beginning lenalidomide treatment, during lenalidomide treatment, and for 4 weeks after stopping lenalidomide, or avoid intercourse completely during this period. Reliable birth control is necessary even if you have been unable to get pregnant in the past. Consult your doctor for more information about the right forms of birth control to use during this therapy.
Immediately tell your doctor if your period is late or if you have abnormal vaginal (menstrual) bleeding.
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.
Lenalidomide must not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Even a single dose of lenalidomide taken during pregnancy can cause severe birth defects. If pregnancy does occur during treatment, this drug must be stopped immediately.
It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Because of the potential for serious reactions in nursing infants, breast-feeding is not recommended while using lenalidomide.
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