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This site is intended for US audiences only.

REVLIMID® (lenalidomide) is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with a condition called myelodysplastic syndromes (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. People with this type of MDS may have low red blood cell counts that require treatment with blood transfusions. 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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Working with your healthcare team

Working with your healthcare team

Hypothetical REVLIMID® (lenalidomide) patient with deletion 5q MDS (myelodysplastic syndromes) and a loved one holding hands while smiling


You may have a lot of questions as you start your treatment with REVLIMID® (lenalidomide) for del 5q MDS. Your doctor and nurse understand this.

They are there to help you with each step you take. They are the best sources of information about your health, your del 5q MDS, and your treatment. Work closely with them so you are able to follow their instructions more easily.

Establishing a support team

Your needs for support may change during treatment. Having a support team can make a big difference. It’s natural to think of your family members and close friends as valuable members of your support team. They are most likely the people you have turned to for support.

But did you know that your support team can include many other people? Your support team may also include:

  • physician assistant
  • social worker
  • registered dietitian
  • specialty pharmacist
  • psychologist or psychiatrist
  • office manager
  • insurance case manager
  • support organizations (click for resources)
Hypothetical doctor talking to a REVLIMID® (lenalidomide) patient with deletion 5q MDS (myelodysplastic syndromes) and their loved one

Talk to your doctor

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

Below is a list of sample questions you may want to ask your doctor or nurse about 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
  • Have had a serious skin rash with thalidomide treatment. You should not take REVLIMID
  • 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.