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Pomalyst
Specialty Drug

Pomalidomide

POMALIDOMIDE is a chemotherapy drug used to treat multiple myeloma. It targets specific proteins within cancer cells and stops the cancer cell from growing. Compare thalidomides.
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Pomalyst Side Effects

What should I watch for?

This drug may make you feel generally unwell. This is not uncommon, as chemotherapy can affect healthy cells as well as cancer cells. Report any side effects. Continue your course of treatment even though you feel ill unless your doctor tells you to stop. You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.

This medicine is available only through a special program. Doctors, pharmacies, and patients must meet all of the conditions of the program. Your health care provider will help you get signed up with the program if you need this medicine. Through the program you will only receive up to a 28 day supply of the medicine at one time. You will need a new prescription for each refill.

This medicine can cause birth defects. Do not get pregnant while taking this drug. Females with child-bearing potential will need to have 2 negative pregnancy tests before starting this medicine. Pregnancy testing must be done every 2 to 4 weeks as directed while taking this medicine. Use 2 reliable forms of birth control together while you are taking this medicine and for 4 weeks after you stop taking this medicine. If you think that you might be pregnant talk to your doctor right away.

Men must use a latex condom during sexual contact with a woman while taking this medicine and for 4 weeks after you stop taking this medicine. A latex condom is needed even if you have had a vasectomy. Contact your doctor right away if your partner becomes pregnant. Do not donate sperm while taking this medicine and for 4 weeks after you stop taking this medicine.

Do not give blood while taking the medicine and for 1 month after completion of treatment to avoid exposing pregnant women to the medicine through the donated blood.

Talk to your doctor about your risk of cancer. You may be more at risk for certain types of cancers if you take this medicine.

If you smoke, tell your doctor if you notice this medicine is not working well for you. Talk to your doctor if you are a smoker or if you decide to stop smoking.

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Common and Rare Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

Abdominal or stomach pain

black, tarry stools

bladder pain

bleeding gums

bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet

blood in the urine or stools

bloody nose

body aches or pain

burning, numbness, tingling, or painful sensations

chest pain

chills

cloudy urine

confusion

constipation

cough

decreased or increased urination

depression

difficult, burning, or painful urination

difficulty with breathing

dizziness

dry mouth

ear congestion

fast or irregular heartbeat

fever

frequent urge to urinate

headache

incoherent speech

increased thirst

loss of appetite

loss of voice

lower back or side pain

metallic taste

muscle pain or cramps

muscle weakness

nasal congestion

nausea or vomiting

numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips

pain

pale skin

pinpoint red spots on the skin

rapid weight gain

runny nose

shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet

sneezing

sore throat

tightness in the chest

trembling or shaking of the hands or feet

troubled breathing with exertion

ulcers, sores, or white spots in the mouth

unsteadiness or awkwardness

unusual bleeding or bruising

unusual weight gain or loss

weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet

Less common

Anxiety

dizziness or lightheadedness

fainting

pain, redness, or swelling in the arm or leg

sudden shortness of breath or troubled breathing

Incidence not known

Difficulty in passing urine (dribbling)

weakness or heaviness of the legs

yellow eyes or skin

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

Back pain

blurred vision

decreased appetite

difficulty with moving

dry skin

flushed, dry skin

fruit-like breath odor

increased hunger

increased sweating

joint pain

lack or loss of strength

muscle spasms or stiffness

night sweats

rash

trouble sleeping

Incidence not known

Feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings

sensation of spinning

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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