Lenalidomide is used to treat mantle cell lymphoma and anemia in patients suffering from myelodysplastic syndrome. It can also be used in combination with dexamethasone in the treatment of multiple myeloma. Lymphoma and myeloma are cancers that can form tumors within the body, and in patients suffering from myelodysplastic syndrome, the body may not have sufficient immune response to stop their growth. Lenalidomide supplements the body"s defenses and allows it to fight the growth of the cancer cells.
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Lenalidomide is used to treat anemia, multiple myeloma, and mantle cell lymphoma. The treatment reduces the need for possible blood transfusions by promoting immune responses which in turn helps slow tumor growth.
Below you will find the different types of conditions that can be treated by using Lenalidomide:
- Multiple myeloma
- Mantle cell lymphoma
Lenalidomide dosage is dependent on the individual that it is being administered to. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. For multiple myeloma, patients take the drug for the first 21 days of a 28-day cycle, then repeat. Lenalidomide is taken in combination with dexamethasone for multiple myeloma treatment. Do not take a larger dose or more frequent doses without approval from your doctor. Follow your medical professional"s directions for best results.
- 10 mg by mouth once daily
- 25 mg by mouth once daily on days 1-21 of a 28-day cycle
- 25 mg by mouth daily
Lenalidomide Side Effects
Lenalidomide, like any other drug, comes with its collection of side effects that vary with each individual who uses it. Lenalidomide can cause severe birth defects, so manufacturers urge both men and women to abstain from sex while using the drug, or to use at least two effective forms of contraception to prevent pregnancy. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor or medical professional immediately. Note that this list of side effects is not complete.
- increased thirst
- decreased urine output
- tarry stools
- fever, chills
- chest pain
- rapid or irregular heartbeat
- muscle cramps
Below you will find a list of drugs and substances that interact with Lenalidomide. As with all drugs, before taking Lenalidomide, you should make your doctor aware of any medications you may be taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as supplements and herbal remedies. Do not let anyone else take your medication, and consult your physician before taking any new medication. Note that this list is not complete.