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Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
 
  • Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Had a blood clot in your lungs or veins
  • A lactose intolerance
  • Had a serious rash from taking thalidomide (Thalomid®)
  • Not had a hysterectomy or been in menopause for at least 24 months (for women)
  • Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
 
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
 
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Lenalidomide to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
 

How Does It Work?

It is not entirely known how lenalidomide works. The medication is in a class of drugs known as immunomodulatory drugs, which means it alters the actions of the immune system. The medication is thought to prevent or delay the growth of abnormal cells involved in multiple myeloma and MDS. It also blocks the growth of blood vessels around cancer cells, which prevents the cancer cells from obtaining the nutrition they need to grow.
 
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