If you have a bone marrow disease known as multiple myeloma, Revlimid® (lenalidomide) may be able to help delay the progression of the disease. Although this drug cannot cure multiple myeloma, it can alter the actions of the immune system and slow down the growth of abnormal cells. When Revlimid is used to treat multiple myeloma, it is used in combination with dexamethasone.
Multiple myeloma occurs when plasma cells (a certain type of white blood cell) become abnormal. The abnormal cells, called myeloma cells, collect in the bone marrow and divide again and again, continually making more abnormal cells. These abnormal cells eventually crowd out normal, healthy blood cells, which can lead to damage to the bones, kidneys, or other organs.
(Click Revlimid Uses to learn more about this multiple myeloma treatment. This full-length article takes a closer look at approved and unapproved uses for this medication, with details on how the drug works and whether it is safe for children.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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