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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
This medication is used to treat anemia in patients with a certain blood/bone marrow disorders (myelodysplastic syndrome-MDS, multiple myeloma). These patients do not have enough properly working red blood cells. They often require blood transfusions to reverse their anemia. Lenalidomide may decrease the need for treatment with blood transfusions.
Lenalidomide is a type of drug known as an immunomodulator. It is believed to work by decreasing the immune system's response, thereby lowering the number of working red blood cells that are destroyed naturally by the body
Before starting therapy, women of childbearing age should have two negative pregnancy tests before taking the drug.
Take this medication by mouth with a full glass of water, usually once daily or as directed by your doctor. Swallow this medication whole. Do not break, chew, or open the capsules. Dosage is based on your medical condition, response to therapy, and laboratory test results. Be sure to follow your doctor's directions carefully.
Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to take it at the same time each day.
Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
Lenalidomide is a drug that is very similar to thalidomide, which is known to cause severe birth defects or death in unborn babies. If lenalidomide is taken during pregnancy, it may also cause severe birth defects or death in unborn babies. Therefore, this drug must never be used during pregnancy nor by women who could become pregnant while using this drug. Pregnancy must be ruled out before starting lenalidomide. Women must have two negative pregnancy tests before starting lenalidomide, the first 10-14 days before the first dose and the second within 24 hours before the first dose. Women must work with their doctors to check for and prevent pregnancy while using this medication.