Revlimid is generically known as lenalidomide. The immune system is influenced by revlimid. It enhances the immune responses so that there is a decrease in the growth of tumor.
Revlimid is utilized for the treatment of cancer in bone marrow - multiple myeloma, either in mixture with another prescribed drug or after the transplant of the stem cell.
Revlimid is likewise utilized for the treatment of anemia in patients suffering from myelodysplastic disorder which caused by an abnormality in the chromosome. Revlimid is additionally consumed for the treatment of mantle cell lymphoma.
How to Use
The medicine should be taken at the same time every day. You may bring Revlimid with or without nourishment. Consume each dosage with a glass full of water. Take Revlimid precisely as recommended by your specialist.
Call your specialist in case you observe:
- Signs of blood clot or stroke – sudden weakness, numbness, severe headache, breathe shortness, problems with vision or speech, swollen arms/legs, or redness in legs.
- Liver issues - upper stomach pain, dark urine, loss of appetite, jaundice, stool in clay-color.
- Symptoms of heart attack - Chest pain, pain extending to your shoulder/jaw, sweating;
- Low counts of blood cell – Chills, Fever, Symptoms of flu, mouth sores, swollen gums, skin sores, unusual bleeding and easy bruising,
- Symptoms of tumor deterioration- swollen glands, rash, low fever or pain;
- Symptoms of breakdown of tumor cell – pain in lower back, numbness near mouth region, blood while urinating, tingly feeling, little urination; muscle tightness; confusion, shortness of breath fainting; or
- Extreme skin reaction – sore throat, fever, swollen face/tongue, skin pain, burning sensation in your eyes, purple/red skin rash, skin peeling and skin blistering.
Some of the common side effects of Revlimid are as follows:
- Swelling; or
Let your specialist know if you have these following conditions so that he can ensure that this drug is safe for your use:
- A history of hypersensitivity to thalidomide;
- Liver disease;
- kidney disease
- A history of stroke;
- A history of blood clot
- High BP,
- High levels of cholesterol or
- A thyroid disorder;
- If you smoke
- Lactose intolerance.
Pregnancy and Revlimid
It is strictly not allowed to consume Revlimid during pregnancy. Even a single dosage of revlimid can be responsible for some extreme life-threatening birth issues or even the baby’s death if either of the parents is consuming this medicine during conception or pregnancy.
Always make use of birth control methods for the prevention of pregnancy, doesn’t matter if you are a male or female. Women should use 2 forms of birth control which begin before 4 weeks of the treatment of revlimid and ends after 4 weeks of the treatment.
It is not certain if revlimid can pass into the maternal milk or not. But you shouldn’t breast feed your child during the intake of revlimid.
Revlimid is helpful to promote the immune system which reduces the growth of tumor. Some of the diseases like less level of red blood cells, cancer of lymph nodes and other type of cancers which enhance blood disease can also be treated with help of this drug. It can be used for patient having myelodysplastic syndrome which are caused due to abnormal chromosome. This problem is known as deletion 5q MDS because chromosome 5 is missing in this disease. Bone marrow problem does not allow producing healthy blood cell in such type of people. This medicine is not allowed to use in chronic lymphocytic leukemia unless and until it is controlled. With this problem, Lenalidomide enhance the risk of heart attack as well. It shows a very serious affect on the pregnant women and can cause serious birth defects.
It is important to use different type of birth controlling medicine while having treatment with Revlimid otherwise serious life threatening problems can occur. This medicine is only available only on certified pharmacy who understands about its uses and risk factors. This drug reduces the level of cells in blood which decrease the immunity level of body. It is also helpful in clotting the blood. Patient must contact to the doctor on urgent basis if he or she feels serious sign of infections, bleeding or unusual bruising. Frequent blood test is highly important for regular users of Revlimid. If a person is using dexamethasone (steroid) then blood clotting problem reached at the high risk level. Contact for emergency medical aid in case of chest pain, sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing up blood; pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in your arm or leg. Medicine cause serious birth defects not only when mother is using it but it shows similar effects while father is using regularly. Most of the time its single pill proves too much dangerous that is why pregnant women should not use its single pill. Women patient should ask from doctor about the use of medicine if she thinks about pregnancy or periods get late. Make it sure that this medicine is safe for your use. In this scenario, discuss with your doctor if you had blood clotting problem, any allergic problem in past, liver or kidney disease, lactose intolerance and strokes.
It is not confirmed that whether this medicine can pass into breast milk or not that’s why it is advised not to use this medicine while having nursing baby. This medicine is available with some instructions for users. Patient should follow the instruction of medicine and should not cross the limits. Patient can use it with or without the food with the glass of water. Try to swallow the whole capsule at once and do not crush or chew it. Open capsule can affect the skin if it is exposed on body. So wash your that body part very gently if it exposed on the your skin. Store the medicine in room temperature away from the approach of the children.