Lenalidomide, an immunomodulatory drug is used in patients suffering from anemia specially patients with MDS (very low red blood cell counts). In combination with dexamethasone, it is used in case of multiple myelomas. It slows the tumor growth. It is used for curing mantle cell lymphoma. It is the best remedy for the myelodysplastic syndrome.
Dosage regimen: Dose and its strength depend on patients weight, age, the severity of disease and for which condition it is treated. For curing lymphoma in adults, use 5 mg twice in a day via the oral route. For myelodysplastic disease (adults) take 5 mg tablets two times in a day via the oral route. You can take it with water or with food. Do not miss the dose.
Contraindications: Not to be taken in pregnancy. Brief out your doctor if you are having allergies, cancer, liver disorder or kidney disorder, glucose intolerance, lapp lactase deficiency, glucose galactase deficiency, low platelet count, infection, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, irregular heartbeat, or in the case of lactose intolerance.
Drug interactions: Some drugs which alter the mode of action of Lenalidomide are Digoxin. With Erythropoietin, Estrogens, Progestins there may be a risk of blood clots. An increase of liver side effects are possible with Methotrexate, Ketoconazole, Isoniazid, and Acetaminophen.
Precautions: Lenalidomide is a drug which results in dizziness, so avoid driving when you have taken it. Never indulge in activities which may cause bruising or injury as it has a tendency of lowering platelets. It disrupts the immune system of the body and its ability to fight infection. If you have symptoms like decreased urination, muscle cramps, loss of appetite, irregular heartbeat, nausea, and vomiting, it may be a sign of tumor lysis syndrome. Beware of symptoms like redness and irritation of skin as you might have the stevens-johnson syndrome.