Is POMALYST a chemo?
Pomalyst® is the trade name for the generic chemotherapy drug pomalidomide. In some cases, health care professionals may use the generic drug name pomalidomide when referring to the trade name drug Pomalyst®.
How long is POMALYST used for?
Dosage for Kaposi sarcoma The usual dose of Pomalyst to treat Kaposi sarcoma (KS) is 5 mg once a day. You’ll likely take this dose on days 1 through 21 of your 28 day treatment cycle. Your doctor may have you stop taking Pomalyst if your KS gets worse or if side effects become too bothersome.
What are the side effects of POMALYST?
Mild side effects that have been reported with Pomalyst include:
- high blood sugar level.
- back pain.
What is the difference between Revlimid and POMALYST?
POMALYST has immune-modulating qualities similar to REVLIMID® (lenalidomide). However, POMALYST with dexamethasone is proven to continue the fight if multiple myeloma stops responding to REVLIMID and a proteasome inhibitor.
Does POMALYST make you gain weight?
It’s possible, but weight gain while taking Pomalyst alone isn’t expected. This side effect was reported by people taking Pomalyst with the drug dexamethasone in studies. It’s not known how much weight was gained or whether it went away when people stopped the treatment.
What is the difference between REVLIMID and POMALYST?
Does POMALYST cause hair loss?
Will I experience hair loss from Pomalyst? No, hair loss wasn’t a side effect reported by people taking Pomalyst in studies. Hair loss can be caused by other drugs used to treat cancer, such as chemotherapy medications. But this side effect hasn’t been reported with Pomalyst.
What is the best time to take POMALYST?
Take Pomalyst only as directed (once daily) at the same time each day. Take this medication without food (at least two hours before or two hours after a meal) and do not open, break, or chew capsules. Swallow capsules whole with water.
Does POMALYST make you tired?
Fatigue is a common side effect of treatment with POMALYST with dexamethasone. Sometimes people describe fatigue as feeling tired, weak, exhausted, heavy, or slow. Fatigue can affect people physically, mentally, and emotionally. If you feel tired, tell your doctor or nurse.
How is Pomalyst used to treat multiple myeloma?
In addition to therapy with Pd alone, Pomalyst is used in triplet regimens for previously treated myeloma, including in the following combination therapies: How Is Pomalyst Taken? Pomalyst is taken in capsule form by mouth on days 1–21 of repeated 28-day cycles until disease progression. The dose is 4 mg per day orally (by mouth).
What are the side effects of multiple myeloma treatment?
Feeling unusually tired is a common side effect of treatment for multiple myeloma (and other cancers). Although many of the patients in clinical trials with Pomalyst felt fatigued, very few had severe fatigue that prevented them from performing the activities of daily living.
What is the prognosis of advanced multiple myeloma (MM)?
Patients with advanced multiple myeloma whose disease worsens after multiple lines of therapy have few treatment options and a poor prognosis. The median survival time for these patients is 9 months. Previous studies have indicated that pomalidomide may be useful in patients with multiple myeloma that is not responding to other treatments.
What is the most important information I should know about Pomalyst?
See “What is the most important information I should know about POMALYST?” Low white blood cells (neutropenia), low platelets (thrombocytopenia), and low red blood cells (anemia) are common with POMALYST, but can also be serious. You may need a blood transfusion or certain medicines if your blood counts drop too low.