These are not all the possible side effects of POMALYST. Your healthcare provider may adjust your dose or have you temporarily or permanently stop taking POMALYST if you develop certain serious side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Females who are pregnant or who plan to become pregnant must not take POMALYST.
POMALYST is similar to the medicine thalidomide (THALOMID). We know thalidomide can cause severe life-threatening birth defects. POMALYST has not been tested in pregnant females. POMALYST has harmed unborn animals in animal testing.
Females must not get pregnant:
Females who can become pregnant:
If you become pregnant while taking POMALYST, stop taking it right away and call your healthcare provider. If your healthcare provider is not available, you can call Celgene Customer Care Center at 1-888-423-5436. Healthcare providers and patients should report all cases of pregnancy to:
There is a pregnancy exposure registry that monitors the outcomes of females who take POMALYST during pregnancy, or if their male partner takes POMALYST and they are exposed during pregnancy. You can enroll in this registry by calling Celgene Corporation at the phone number listed above.
POMALYST can pass into human semen:
Men, if your female partner becomes pregnant, you should call your healthcare provider right away.
Blood clots in your arteries, veins, and lungs, heart attack, and stroke can happen if you take POMALYST. Most people who take POMALYST will also take a blood thinner medicine to help prevent blood clots.
Before taking POMALYST, tell your healthcare provider:
Call your healthcare provider or get medical help right away if you get any of the following during treatment with 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. Your blood counts should be checked weekly for the first 8 weeks of treatment and monthly after that.
Your healthcare provider should do blood tests to check your liver function during your treatment with POMALYST. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you develop any of the following symptoms of liver problems:
Severe allergic reactions and severe skin reactions can happen with POMALYST and may cause death.
Call your healthcare provider if you develop any of the following signs or symptoms during treatment with POMALYST:
Get emergency medical help right away if you develop any of the following signs or symptoms during treatment with POMALYST:
POMALYST can cause dizziness and confusion. Avoid taking other medicines that may cause dizziness and confusion during treatment with POMALYST. Avoid situations that require you to be alert until you know how POMALYST affects you.
Stop taking POMALYST and call your healthcare provider if you develop symptoms of nerve damage, including: numbness, tingling, pain, burning sensation in your hands, legs, or feet.
New cancers, including certain blood cancers (acute myelogenous leukemia or AML) have been seen in people who received POMALYST. Talk with your healthcare provider about your risk of developing new cancers if you take POMALYST.
TLS is caused by the fast breakdown of cancer cells. TLS can cause kidney failure and the need for dialysis treatment, abnormal heart rhythm, seizure, and sometimes death. Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check you for TLS.
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