Lenalidomide (Revlimid)

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General information

Class/mechanism: Second-generation immunomodulatory drug (IMiD) similar to Thalidomide (Thalomid); mechanism not fully understood. Lenalidomide's mechanism may involve immunomodulatory, antiinflammatory, and antiangiogenic effects and suppression of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) from peripheral blood mononuclear cells. It has been observed to inhibit cells with the 5q deletion in myelodysplastic syndromes. It has also been seen in vitro to inhibit cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) expression, but not COX-1.[1][2][3][4]
Route: PO
Extravasation: n/a

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Diseases for which it is used

Significant side effects


  • 2006 (two simultaneously published NEJM letters to the editor): link to original article PubMed link to letter #1 PubMed link to letter #2
  • 2011: Larocca A, Cavallo F, Bringhen S, Di Raimondo F, Falanga A, Evangelista A, Cavalli M, Stanevsky A, Corradini P, Pezzatti S, Patriarca F, Cavo M, Peccatori J, Catalano L, Carella AM, Cafro AM, Siniscalchi A, Crippa C, Petrucci MT, Yehuda DB, Beggiato E, Di Toritto TC, Boccadoro M, Nagler A, Palumbo A. Aspirin or enoxaparin thromboprophylaxis for patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma treated with lenalidomide. Blood. 2012 Jan 26;119(4):933-9. Epub 2011 Aug 11. link to original article PubMed

Patient drug information

History of changes in FDA indication

Follicular lymphoma; Marginal zone lymphoma

Mantle cell lymphoma

Myelodysplastic syndrome

Multiple myeloma

Also known as

  • Code names: CC-5013, IMiD-1, NSC-703813
  • Brand names: Kabillon, Lenalid, Lenangio, Lenmid, Lenome, Lenzest, MyeloSar, Revlimid