Lenalidomide is a prescription drug given to help slow down the progression of certain types of bone marrow diseases, specifically multiple myeloma and myelodysplastic syndrome. It can also be used to treat mantle cell lymphoma. The medication comes as a capsule that is taken once daily. Most people who take this medication will develop some type of side effect, such as fatigue, a rash, or constipation.
What Is Lenalidomide?Lenalidomide (Revlimid®) is a prescription medication approved to treat myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a group of conditions in which the bone marrow does not make enough healthy blood cells. It is also approved for use in combination with dexamethasone to treat multiple myeloma (cancer of plasma cells) in people who have already had at least one other treatment. In addition, it is used to treat mantle cell lymphoma (MCL).
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Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, lenalidomide can cause side effects. Although not everyone who uses the drug will have problems, most people will experience some type of side effect during lenalidomide treatment.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are usually mild and either require no treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of lenalidomide include but are not limited to:
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