Lenalid (Lenalidomide) is a medication used to treat patients with a low red blood cell count, and who are anemic, caused by myelodysplastic syndrome. It is also used with a combination of drugs to treat multiple myeloma.
How much you take and how often will depend on the strength of the medicine and your condition. Lenalid (Lenalidomide) is only available through a special program. Make sure you fully understand the instructions and the warnings associated with the medicine before you start taking it. Take strictly as directed by your physician, with a glass of water, with or without food.
Do not alter your dose or suddenly stop taking it without consulting your physician, even if you are feeling better. If you forget to take a dose, skip the missed one and continue with your regular schedule. Never take a double dose to compensate for the one you missed.
As with all medications, Lenalid (Lenalidomide) has the potential to cause side effects in some patients. Common side effects include headaches, vomiting, nausea, trouble sleeping coughing, dizziness, back pain, a dry mouth or skin, tiredness, loss or increased appetite, sweating or night sweats, and weakness. If these symptoms get worse or do not go away, contact your physician.
Rare side effects include severe unexplained weakness or tiredness, chills, bleeding or bruising, fever, stomach pains, muscle or joint pain, unusual shortness of breath, numbness, chest pain, and an allergic reaction. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your physician immediately or seek emergency medical treatment.
Before taking Lenalid (Lenalidomide) you must tell your physician if you are receiving dialysis, have a tumor, cancer, or kidney problems.
It is extremely important that women do not become pregnant while taking this drug as it can cause birth defects in unborn children. It can also be passed on through sexual intercourse with a man who is taking the medication. Make sure to always use precautions when having sexual intercourse with pregnant women when taking this drug.