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Revlimid is a medicine taken by mouth to treat certain patients who have myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Patients with MDS have bone marrow that does not produce enough mature blood cells. This causes a lack of healthy blood cells that can function properly in the body. There are different types of MDS. Revlimid is for the type of MDS with a chromosome problem where part of chromosome 5 is missing. This type of MDS is known as deletion 5q MDS. Patients with this type of MDS may have low red blood counts that require treatment with blood transfusions.
Revlimid can only be:
- prescribed by healthcare professionals who are registered in the RevAssist program
- dispensed by a pharmacy that is registered in the RevAssist program
- given to patients who are registered in the RevAssist program and who agree to adhere to the program
Revlimid has not been studied in children under 18 years of age.
Side Effects of Revlimid
Female partners of males taking Revlimid should call their healthcare professional right away if they get pregnant.
- Low white blood cells and platelets. Revlimid causes low white blood cells and low platelets in most patients. You may need a blood transfusion or certain medicines if your blood counts drop too low.
- Blood clots in the veins and in the lungs. Call your healthcare professional or get emergency medical care right away if you get the following signs or symptoms:
- shortness of breath
- chest pain
- arm or leg swelling
- Some common side effects that may occur with Revlimid include:
Who Should Not Take Revlimid
Do not take Revlimid if you are:
- pregnant, plan to become pregnant or become pregnant during treatment
- allergic to Revlimid or any of the ingredients in Revlimid
Interactions with Revlimid
Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. It is possible that Revlimid and other medicines may affect each other causing serious side effects.
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them with you to show your healthcare professional.
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