Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Pomalyst include the following:
- This medication comes in the form of a capsule. It is usually taken by mouth once a day.
- It should be taken without food, at least two hours before or two hours after a meal. You can use water to swallow the capsules.
- Do not open, break, or chew Pomalyst capsules; they must be swallowed whole.
- Take your dose at the same time each day to keep an even level of the drug in your bloodstream.
- Try not to handle the capsules any more than is necessary. If any of the medicine in the capsules gets on your hands or body, wash the area immediately with soap and water.
- Because Pomalyst can cause birth defects, women of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test before starting treatment.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not stop taking it without first talking to your healthcare provider.
The dosage your healthcare provider recommends may vary, depending on how well you tolerate the medication and whether you experience certain potentially serious side effects.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Pomalyst Dosage for more information.)
Just like any medicine, Pomalyst can cause side effects. And, like many other cancer treatments, the side effects can be significant. In fact, the majority of people who take Pomalyst will experience at least one side effect during treatment.
Common Pomalyst side effects include but are not limited to:
- Tiredness and weakness
- Low white blood cell counts
- Low red blood cell counts
- Shortness of breath
(Click Pomalyst Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)