What is Lenalid (Lenalidomide) used for?
Lenalid (Lenalidomide) is an oral cancer medication prescribed to treat patients suffering from multiple myeloma, a cancer that affects bone marrow. It operates by increasing immune system activity to slow or stop the growth and spread of cancerous cells and tumours. This allows other procedures to be performed to eliminate or remove these cells. Your doctor may prescribe the use of this medication for other unlisted purposes, as well.
How should I use Lenalid (Lenalidomide)?
Lenalid (Lenalidomide) is usually administered once daily at a dosage of one tablet, but your individual instructions will depend on your age, weight, health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed whole and unaltered and may be taken on an empty stomach, although a snack or meal is recommended prior to use if you experience nausea. Never split or crush the tablets as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or doctor any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Lenalid (Lenalidomide)?
Lenalid (Lenalidomide) may cause side effects in some patients including:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are fever, flu symptoms, irregular heartbeats, chest pain, difficulty breathing, sensitive skin, easier bruising, muscle weakness, urinary retention, lower back pain, numbness surrounding the mouth, or any sign of a skin rash, no matter how mild. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any intense or worrying symptoms to make sure the necessary alterations are made to your application frequency or dosage to stop more health problems from occurring.
Lenalid (Lenalidomide) should not be administered to patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, women who could become pregnant, lactose intolerant, children under the age of eighteen, or who have had a bad reaction to thalidomide in the past. Also inform your doctor if you have extensive cancer, hypothyroidism, elevated risk of blood clots, angina, decreased platelet count, decreased white blood cell count, liver disorders, or decreased kidney function. These conditions may cause unexpected problems during treatment requiring special adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use Lenalid (Lenalidomide) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Lenalid (Lenalidomide) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.