Pomalyst is an antineoplastic used in combination with dexamethasone for the treatment of multiple myelomas in patients who have received at least 2 other drugs that did not work well.
This drug is used in patients with multiple myelomas that has worsened during treatment or within 60 days of the last treatment.
This drug works by interfering with the growth of multiple myeloma cells, which are eventually destroyed in the body. This drug is only available through a restricted distribution program.
You will have to read and sign papers that explain how the medicine is used when you pick up your prescription.
2 What to Know Before Using
Before using Pomalyst, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications. Studies in children regarding the correlation of age to the effects of pomalidomide have not been performed while safety and efficacy have not been established.
Studies in the elderly have not demonstrated any geriatric-specific problems that would limit the utility of pomalidomide. Fetal abnormalities have been reported in studies of pregnant women and animals.
This drug is contraindicated in women who are or may become pregnant because the risk clearly outweighs any possible benefit. Infant risk is still undetermined when using this drug during breastfeeding.
Discuss with your healthcare professional about the potential risks and benefits of taking this drug while breastfeeding.
Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects.
Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other drugs such as Ciprofloxacin, Enoxacin, Fluvoxamine, or Pixantrone.
Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects. Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Inform your healthcare provider for any other medical problems such as anemia, blood clots, bone marrow problems, deep vein thrombosis, neutropenia, pulmonary embolism, thrombocytopenia, kidney disease, or liver disease.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine, the side effects will slowly disappear. Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.
If any of the following side effects persists or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional. Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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