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REVLIMID® (lenalidomide) capsules for the treatment of multiple myeloma

Working with your healthcare team

Know your healthcare team members and their roles

When starting treatment with REVLIMID, you will probably have questions about what to expect. Your healthcare team is your first source of information and can address many of your questions.

Since you received your diagnosis, your doctor may have been the person you talked with the most. But there are other members of your team who may be able to help you during treatment. They all are knowledgeable in certain areas. And together they can provide you with a lot of information.

Nurses play an important role in your care. They provide information about your condition and treatment, and they monitor you for side effects. You may also have a nurse practitioner managing your overall care. Your nurses may be the people you talk with most about your questions and concerns.

You will get REVLIMID through a pharmacy that is part of the REVLIMID REMS® program. The pharmacist can answer questions you may have about your medicine.

Social workers may be able to offer you counseling and help you find support groups or resources where you live. If you need additional support, the social worker may help to identify other healthcare professionals such as a psychologist or psychiatrist. They are trained to help people cope with their emotions and concerns.

Cancer and/or its treatment may make it difficult to get enough of the calories, proteins, vitamins, and minerals that the body needs. A registered dietitian or nutritionist can help you select a diet that can meet your nutritional needs.

Come prepared with questions

One of the best ways for you to learn more about REVLIMID is by asking your doctor or nurse questions. This can help you understand your disease and treatment.

Below are sample questions you may want to ask your doctor or nurse about REVLIMID.

  • What is REVLIMID?
  • What results can I expect from treatment
    with REVLIMID?
  • When can I expect a response with REVLIMID?
  • How will I know REVLIMID is working?
  • How long will I have to take REVLIMID?
  • What are the most important things I need to know about REVLIMID?
  • What should I expect while taking REVLIMID?
  • How do I store REVLIMID capsules?
  • How often should I come in for follow-up visits while on REVLIMID?
  • What can I expect at my follow-up visits?
  • How should I take REVLIMID?
  • Are there things I should or should not do while
    taking REVLIMID?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose of REVLIMID?
  • What are the possible side effects of REVLIMID?
  • What should I do if I experience side effects while taking REVLIMID?
  • Does REVLIMID interact with any other medications?
  • Do I need to let other doctors know that I am
    taking REVLIMID?

Before you take REVLIMID, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have liver problems
  • have kidney problems or receive kidney dialysis treatment
  • have thyroid problems
  • are lactose intolerant. REVLIMID contains lactose
  • are breastfeeding. REVLIMID must not be used by females who are breastfeeding. It is not known if REVLIMID passes into your breast milk and can harm your baby

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. REVLIMID and other medicines may affect each other, causing serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before taking any new medicines. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist.

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Indication

REVLIMID® (lenalidomide) is a prescription medicine, used to treat people with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) when the disease comes back or becomes worse after treatment with two prior medicines, one of which included bortezomib. MCL is a cancer of a type of white blood cell called lymphocytes that are in the lymph nodes

REVLIMID should not be used to treat people who have chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) unless they are participants in a controlled clinical trial

It is not known if REVLIMID is safe and effective in children

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Important Safety Information

What is the most important information I should know about REVLIMID?

Before you begin taking REVLIMID, you must read and agree to all of the instructions in the REVLIMID REMS® program. Before prescribing REVLIMID, your healthcare provider will explain the REVLIMID REMS program to you and have you sign the Patient-Physician Agreement Form

REVLIMID may cause serious side effects; including:

  • Possible birth defects (deformed babies) or death of an unborn baby. Females who are pregnant or who plan to become pregnant must not take REVLIMID
    • REVLIMID is similar to the medicine thalidomide (THALOMID®), which is known to cause severe life-threatening birth defects. REVLIMID has not been tested in pregnant females. REVLIMID has harmed unborn animals in animal testing
    • Females must not get pregnant:
      • For at least 4 weeks before starting REVLIMID
      • While taking REVLIMID
      • During any breaks (interruptions) in your treatment with REVLIMID
      • For at least 4 weeks after stopping REVLIMID
    • Females who can become pregnant:
      • Must have pregnancy tests weekly for 4 weeks, then every 4 weeks if your menstrual cycle is regular, or every 2 weeks if your menstrual cycle is irregular. If you miss your period or have unusual bleeding, you will need to have a pregnancy test and receive counseling
      • Must agree to use 2 different forms of effective birth control at the same time, for at least 4 weeks before, while taking, during any breaks (interruptions) in your treatment, and for at least 4 weeks after stopping REVLIMID. Talk with your healthcare provider to find out about options for effective forms of birth control that you may use to prevent pregnancy
      • If you had unprotected sex or if you think your birth control has failed, stop taking REVLIMID immediately and call your healthcare provider right away
    • If you become pregnant while taking REVLIMID, stop taking it right away and call your healthcare provider. If your healthcare provider is not available, you can call Celgene Customer Care Center at 1-888-423-5436. Healthcare providers and patients should report all cases of pregnancy to FDA MedWatch at 1-800-FDA-1088, and Celgene Corporation at 1-888-423-5436. There is a pregnancy exposure registry that monitors the outcomes of females who take REVLIMID during pregnancy, or if their male partner takes REVLIMID and they are exposed during pregnancy. You can enroll in this registry by calling Celgene Corporation at the phone number listed above
    • REVLIMID can pass into human semen. Males, including those who have had a vasectomy, must always use a latex or synthetic condom during any sexual contact with a pregnant female or a female that can become pregnant while taking REVLIMID, during any breaks (interruptions) in your treatment with REVLIMID, and for up to 4 weeks after stopping REVLIMID
      • If a female becomes pregnant with your sperm, you should call your HCP right away. The baby may be exposed to REVLIMID and may be born with birth defects
      • Do not have unprotected sexual contact with a female who is or could become pregnant. Tell your healthcare provider if you do have unprotected sexual contact with a female who is or could become pregnant
      • Do not donate sperm while taking REVLIMID, during any breaks (interruptions) in your treatment, and for 4 weeks after stopping REVLIMID
  • Low white blood cells (neutropenia) and low platelets (thrombocytopenia). REVLIMID causes low white blood cells and low platelets in most people. You may need a blood transfusion or certain medicines if your blood counts drop too low. Your healthcare provider should check your blood counts often especially during the first several months of treatment with REVLIMID, and then at least monthly. Tell your healthcare provider if you develop any bleeding or bruising, during treatment with REVLIMID
  • Blood clots. Blood clots in the arteries, veins, and lungs happen more often in people who take REVLIMID. This risk is even higher for people with multiple myeloma who take the medicine dexamethasone with REVLIMID. Heart attacks and strokes also happen more often in people who take REVLIMID with dexamethasone. To reduce this increased risk, most people who take REVLIMID will also take a blood thinner medicine

    Before taking REVLIMID, tell your healthcare provider:

    • If you have had a blood clot in the past
    • If you have high blood pressure, smoke, or if you have been told you have a high level of fat in your blood (hyperlipidemia)
    • About all the medicines you take. Certain other medicines can also increase your risk for blood clots


    Call your healthcare provider or get medical help right away if you get any of the following during treatment with REVLIMID:

    • Signs or symptoms of a blood clot in the lung, arm, or leg may include: shortness of breath, chest pain, or arm or leg swelling
    • Signs or symptoms of a heart attack may include: chest pain that may spread to the arms, neck, jaw, back, or stomach area (abdomen), feeling sweaty, shortness of breath, feeling sick or vomiting
    • Signs or symptoms of stroke may include: sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body, severe headache or confusion, or problems with vision, speech, or balance

Who should not take REVLIMID?

  • Do not take REVLIMID if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or become pregnant during treatment with REVLIMID. See "What is the most important information I should know about REVLIMID?"
  • Do not take REVLIMID if you are allergic to lenalidomide or any of the ingredients in REVLIMID. See the Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in REVLIMID

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking REVLIMID?

Before you take REVLIMID, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have liver problems
  • have kidney problems or receive kidney dialysis treatment
  • have thyroid problems
  • are lactose intolerant. REVLIMID contains lactose
  • are breastfeeding. REVLIMID must not be used by females who are breastfeeding. It is not known if REVLIMID passes into your breast milk and can harm your baby

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. REVLIMID and other medicines may affect each other, causing serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before taking any new medicines. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist

How should I take REVLIMID?

Take REVLIMID exactly as prescribed and follow all the instructions of the REVLIMID REMS program

  • Swallow REVLIMID capsules whole with water 1 time a day. Do not open, break, or chew your capsules
  • REVLIMID may be taken with or without food.
  • Take REVLIMID at about the same time each day.
  • Do not open the REVLIMID capsules or handle them any more than needed. If you touch a broken REVLIMID capsule or the medicine in the capsule, wash the area of your body right away with soap and water
  • If you miss a dose of REVLIMID and it has been less than 12 hours since your regular time, take it as soon as you remember. If it has been more than 12 hours, just skip your missed dose. Do not take 2 doses at the same time
  • If you take too much REVLIMID, call your healthcare provider right away
  • Do not share REVLIMID with other people. It may cause birth defects and other serious problems

What should I avoid while taking REVLIMID?

  • See “What is the most important information I should know about REVLIMID?”
  • Females: Do not get pregnant and do not breastfeed while taking REVLIMID
  • Males: Do not donate sperm
  • Do not donate blood while you take REVLIMID, during any breaks (interruptions) in your treatment, and for 4 weeks after stopping REVLIMID. If someone who is pregnant gets your donated blood, her baby may be exposed to REVLIMID and may be born with birth defects

What are the possible side effects of REVLIMID?

REVLIMID can cause serious side effects, including:

  • See "What is the most important information I should know about REVLIMID?"
  • Increased risk of death in people who have chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). People with CLL who take REVLIMID have an increased risk of death compared with people who take the medicine chlorambucil. REVLIMID may cause you to have serious heart problems that can lead to death, including atrial fibrillation, heart attack, or heart failure. You should not take REVLIMID if you have CLL unless you are participating in a controlled clinical trial
  • Risk of new cancers (malignancies). An increase in new (second) cancers has happened in patients who received REVLIMID and melphalan, or a blood stem cell transplant, including certain blood cancers, such as acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and certain other types of cancers of the skin and other organs. Talk with your healthcare provider about your risk of developing new cancers if you take REVLIMID. Your healthcare provider will check you for new cancers during your treatment with REVLIMID
  • Severe liver problems, including liver failure and death. Your healthcare provider should do blood tests to check your liver function during your treatment with REVLIMID. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you develop any of the following symptoms of liver problems:
    • yellowing of your skin or the white part of your eyes (jaundice)
    • dark or brown (tea-colored) urine
    • pain on the upper right side of your stomach area (abdomen)
    • bleeding or bruising more easily than normal
    • feeling very tired
  • Serious allergic reactions and serious skin reactions can happen with REVLIMID and may cause death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you develop any of these signs or symptoms of a serious allergic reaction or serious skin reaction during treatment with REVLIMID:
    • swelling of your face, eyes, lips, tongue, throat
    • trouble swallowing
    • trouble breathing
    • skin rash, hives, or peeling of your skin
    • blisters
  • Tumor lysis syndrome (TLS). TLS is caused by the fast breakdown of cancer cells. TLS can cause kidney failure and the need for dialysis treatment, abnormal heart rhythm, seizure and sometimes death. Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check you for TLS
  • Worsening of your tumor (tumor flare reaction). Tell your healthcare provider if you get any of these symptoms of tumor flare reaction while taking REVLIMID: tender swollen lymph nodes, low grade fever, pain, or rash
  • Thyroid problems. Your healthcare provider may check your thyroid function before you start taking REVLIMID and during treatment with REVLIMID

The most common side effects of REVLIMID include:

  • diarrhea
  • rash
  • nausea
  • constipation
  • tiredness
  • fever
  • itching
  • swelling of the limbs and skin
  • cough

These are not all the possible side effects of REVLIMID. Your healthcare provider may tell you to decrease your dose, temporarily stop or permanently stop taking REVLIMID if you develop certain serious side effects during treatment with REVLIMID. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Please see full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNINGS and Medication Guide

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Indication

REVLIMID® (lenalidomide) is a prescription medicine, used to treat people with mantle cell lymphoma

Important Safety Information

What is the most important information I should know about REVLIMID?

Before you begin taking REVLIMID, you must read and agree to all of the instructions in the REVLIMID REMS® program. Before prescribing REVLIMID,