Revlimid, also known by its drug name, Lenalidomide, is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat mantle cell lymphoma and multiple myeloma. Revlimid is often combined with other drugs such as a corticosteroid or Velcade.
Revlimid is an immunomodulator – a drug that modulates the immune system. It is unknown how Revlimid works to fight lymphoma, but it may prevent the growth of new blood vessels that supply tumors.
How do I take it?
Revlimid is taken orally on specific days in a 28-day cycle.
Revlimid comes in the form of a capsule.
The FDA-approved label for Revlimid lists common side effects including insomnia, dizziness, fever, fatigue, cough, rash, weakness, cold or flu symptoms, bronchitis, trouble breathing, back pain, muscle cramps, tremors, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, and swelling in the extremities.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Revlimid include fetal harm in pregnant women, liver failure, severe skin reactions, and increased risk for heart attack, stroke, dangerous blood clots, and other types of cancer.
For more details about this treatment, visit:
Revlimid – Celgene
Immunotherapy for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma – American Cancer Society
Drug Therapy for Multiple Myeloma – American Cancer Society