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Relidomide 5 Capsule

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Introduction

Relidomide 5 Capsule is used in the treatment of multiple myeloma and lepra reaction. This medicine belongs to a group of medicines that affect how your immune system works.

Relidomide 5 Capsule can be taken with or without food, but try to have it at the same time every day to get the most benefits. Your doctor will decide what dose is necessary and how often you need to take it. This will depend on what you are being treated for and may change from time to time. You should take it exactly as your doctor has advised. Taking it in the wrong way or taking too much can cause very serious side effects. It may take several weeks or months for you to see or feel the benefits but do not stop taking it unless your doctor tells you to.

Some common side effects of this medicine include headache, weakness, nausea, rash, and dizziness. This medicine may reduce the number of blood cells (decrease red blood and white blood cells) in your blood, thereby, increasing the susceptibility to infections or bleeding. Hence, take caution while performing the activity that might increase your chances of bleeding or avoid contact with people suffering from an infection such as a cold. Regular blood tests are required to check your blood cells while on treatment.

Many other medicines can affect, or be affected by, this medicine so let your healthcare team know all medications you are using. This medicine is not recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. The use of effective contraception by both males and females during treatment is important to avoid pregnancy. You are advised to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated while taking this medicine.

Uses of Relidomide Capsule

Benefits of Relidomide Capsule

In Multiple myeloma

If you have multiple myeloma, your body is destroying bone faster than it is being replaced. This makes bones weak and painful and more likely to break. Relidomide 5 Capsule may be prescribed along with other cancer treatments such as chemotherapy. It is an important part of your treatment and increases the survival rate of people with multiple myeloma. This medicine will kill the cancerous cells and prevent their further growth as well as spread to other parts of the body. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully to get the most benefit. Supplements of calcium and Vitamin D3 are also effective and may be prescribed if you do not have high blood calcium levels.

In Lepra reaction

Lepra reactions are complicated inflammatory reactions that may occur before, during or after the treatment for leprosy, a serious bacterial skin disease. These reactions increase nerve damage and worsen disability in leprosy patients. Therefore lepra reactions need treatment with medicines such as Relidomide 5 Capsule in order to stimulate the immune system and aid in recovery. This medicine will also prevent further damage due to lepra reactions. Take it as prescribed by the doctor to get the most benefit.

Side effects of Relidomide Capsule

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Relidomide

  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Edema (swelling)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Decreased white blood cell count
  • Decreased calcium level in blood
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Anxiety
  • Blood clots
  • Dry skin
  • Weight loss
  • Confusion
  • Decreased white blood cell count (neutrophils)
  • Neuropathy
  • Constipation
  • Tremor

How to use Relidomide Capsule

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Relidomide 5 Capsule may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Relidomide Capsule works

Relidomide 5 Capsule is an anti-cancer medication. It works by enhancing the immune system that indirectly attacks the cancer cells. It prevents the growth of new blood vessels within the tumor. It also restricts the production of chemical messengers (cytokine and growth factor) which are responsible for the growth of cancer cells. This is how it works against cancer.

Safety advice

Alcohol
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Relidomide 5 Capsule. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
UNSAFE
Relidomide 5 Capsule is highly unsafe to use during pregnancy. Seek your doctor's advice as studies on pregnant women and animals have shown significant harmful effects to the developing baby.
Breast feeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Relidomide 5 Capsule is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Relidomide 5 Capsule may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
You may feel dizzy, tired, sleepy, have vertigo or blurred vision after taking Relidomide 5 Capsule and this may affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
CAUTION
Relidomide 5 Capsule should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Relidomide 5 Capsule may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CAUTION
Relidomide 5 Capsule should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Relidomide 5 Capsule may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Relidomide Capsule?

If you miss a dose of Relidomide 5 Capsule, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Quick tips

  • You may be monitored with regular blood tests before and during the treatment as lenalidomide may cause a fall in the white blood cells and platelets, required to fight infection, Hemoglobin and blood clotting.
  • Avoid activities that may cause bruising or injury and avoid contact with people who have colds or infections.
  • It makes your skin sensitive towards sunlight. Apply sunscreen or wear protective while going out. 
  • It may cause dehydration. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated while taking medication.
  •  It is not recommended for use in children and adolescents under 18 years.
  • You should use proper contraceptive methods at least 4 weeks before, during and until 4 weeks after stopping treatment. 
  • Woman of childbearing potential will be required to undergo pregnancy tests before and after the treatment.
  • You should inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking Relidomide 5 Capsule before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • It may cause dizziness or sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
  • You may be at risk of developing acute myelogenous leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma tumor lysis syndrome, fatal liver problems, severe skin reactions, and fatal heart problems during treatment with Relidomide 5 Capsule. You should discuss in advance the benefits and risks of taking this medicine. 

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Phthalimide and Piperidone Derivative
Habit Forming
No
Therapeutic Class
ANTI INFECTIVES
Action Class
Thalidomide & its Immunomodulatory derivatives (IMiDs)

Patient concerns

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Please tell me the interpretation of the attach report, if possible. Also guide for further treatment process.
Dr. Sanjay Singh Rai
Medical Oncology and Hematology
U r having multiple myeloma
Multiple myeloma can be cured or not
Dr. Rohan Khandelwal
Surgical Oncology
Yes, if diagnosed at the right stage
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FAQs

Q. Can I take Relidomide 5 Capsule empty stomach?

Relidomide 5 Capsule may be taken with or without food. Always take it exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not crush, cut or chew the capsules. Swallow it whole with water. You should take Relidomide 5 Capsule at about the same time on the scheduled days.

Q. Can Relidomide 5 Capsule be given to patients who are on dialysis?

Yes, Relidomide 5 Capsule is given to dialysis patients after the dialysis is done. However, the doctor may adjust the dose if needed in patients undergoing.

Q. What are the side effects of Relidomide 5 Capsule?

Relidomide 5 Capsule may cause side effects which include diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, weakness, dizziness, change in ability to taste, and pain or burning of the tongue, mouth, or throat. The medicine may also cause decreased sense of touch, burning or tingling in the hands or feet, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, depression, and joint, muscle, bone, or back pain. You may also experience sweating, dry skin, abnormal hair growth in women, uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body, decrease in sexual desire or ability or painful, frequent, or urgent urination. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away.

Q. What are the serious side effects of Relidomide 5 Capsule?

The serious side effects of Relidomide 5 Capsule include difficult breathing or swallowing, hoarseness or swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, arms, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs. Some of the serious side effects may also include seizures, rash, skin pain, fast, slow, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or blistering, peeling, or shedding skin. It may also cause swollen glands in the neck, muscle cramps, pain in the upper right part of the stomach, yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark colored urine, tiredness, or bloody, cloudy, or painful urination and increased or decreased urination. Call your doctor immediately if you get any of these side effects.

Q. Can Relidomide 5 Capsule cause cancer?

People with multiple myeloma (a form of cancer that begins in plasma cells, a type of white blood cell) who receive melphalan (chemotherapy) and a blood stem cell transplant with the addition of Relidomide 5 Capsule have a higher risk of developing new cancers. These types of cancers may include certain blood cancers (acute myelogenous leukemia or AML) and a type of lymphoma called Hodgkin lymphoma. Talk to your doctor about your risk of developing new cancers if you are taking Relidomide 5 Capsule.

Q. Do I need to get any blood tests done while on Relidomide 5 Capsule?

Your doctor will ask you to have a blood test before treatment and every week for the first 8 weeks of treatment. You may need to continue taking the blood tests at least every month after treatment with Relidomide 5 Capsule ends. Frequent blood tests are important as Relidomide 5 Capsule may decrease the blood cells that help fight infection (white blood cells) and help the blood to clot (platelets).

Q. Do I need to use birth control methods while using Relidomide 5 Capsule?

Women who can become pregnant must use two acceptable forms of birth control for 4 weeks before they begin taking Relidomide 5 Capsule. Continue using contraceptives during your treatment, including the times when your doctor tells you to temporarily stop taking Relidomide 5 Capsule, and for 4 weeks after your final dose. In men, Relidomide 5 Capsule may pass into the semen while they are on treatment. Therefore, men must always use a latex condom every time they have sexual contact, even if they have had a vasectomy (surgery that prevents a man from causing a pregnancy). Use the contraceptive while you are taking Relidomide 5 Capsule, during any breaks in your treatment, and for 4 weeks after your final dose.

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