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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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What should I know about taking REVLIMID?

REVLIMID is an oral medication taken once daily at about the same time each day, with or without food:

  • You can take REVLIMID at home or wherever you choose

How should I take REVLIMID?

Take REVLIMID exactly as prescribed and follow all the instructions of the Lenalidomide 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 or break the REVLIMID capsules or handle them any more than needed. If powder from the REVLIMID capsule comes in contact with:
    • your skin, wash the skin right away with soap and water
    • inside of your eyes, nose, or mouth, flush well with 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

Please see our FAQs page for questions to help your discussion with your healthcare team.

Taking an active role in treatment

As you start treatment with REVLIMID for del 5q MDS, it’s important to understand your role during treatment. This includes:

  • Following the requirements of the Lenalidomide REMS program
  • Taking REVLIMID for del 5q MDS exactly as prescribed by your doctor
  • Having regular blood tests
  • Filling out Lenalidomide REMS surveys so you can get your medicine on time
  • Scheduling doctor visits on a regular basis
  • Having blood tests on a regular basis. REVLIMID causes low white blood cells (neutropenia) and low platelets (thrombocytopenia) in most people. You may need a blood transfusion or certain medicines if your blood counts drop too low. If you are being treated for del 5q MDS, your blood counts should be checked:
    • Weekly during the first 8 weeks of treatment with REVLIMID
    • At least monthly thereafter

Blood tests are an important—and regular—part of your treatment with REVLIMID for del 5q MDS. The results of blood tests show what is happening in your blood. This helps your doctor see how you are doing and how your medicine is working. Your doctor may adjust, delay, or stop your dose based upon your blood test results. Talk with your doctor or nurse about scheduling your blood tests.

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist.

Tips for staying organized

It’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions when taking REVLIMID:

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

Schedule your blood tests on the same day every week, if possible

Check to see if the lab can call to remind you the day before the test

Ask a family member or friend to remind you about your test

Set an alarm on your
cell phone or clock