What is Pomalid 2 mg Capsule ?
Pomalid is the 1st generic version of the drug Pomalidomide. Pomalidomide is classified as an “immunomodulatory agent with antineoplastic activity,” and an “anti-angiogenic agent.” It is manufactured by Natco Pharma Limited that is one of the most reputed Indian pharmaceutical companies. Pomalid is a prescription oncology medicine that can be purchased by a patient only against a valid prescription of a healthcare professional like hematologist or oncologist.
When is Pomalid 2 mg Capsule prescribed ?
Pomalid (Pomalidomide) is used with another medication to treat multiple myeloma (a type of cancer that affects white blood cells).
How Does Pomalid (Pomalidomide) Capsule Work ?
Pomalidomide has several ways to work against myeloma cells :
• As an immunomodulatory medication, Pomalid (Pomalidomide) enhances the action of your immune system.
• This medicine helps prevent the growth of blood vessels and abnormal cells.
• When given with another medicine called dexamethasone, it stimulates the immune system to attack the cancer cells and stops the formation of blood vessels supplying cancer cells.
What are the adverse effects of Pomalid 2 mg Capsules ?
Pomalid may cause some serious, life-threatening side-effects. This does not mean that everyone who takes it will experience them. It depends on the medicine and how your body reacts. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine :
Common Side Effects of Pomalid Capsule : Back pain ; Fever ; Fatigue and weakness ; Diarrhea ; Difficulty sleeping ; Vomiting ; Loss of appetite ; Nausea ; Constipation ; Cough ; Muscle spasms etc.
Serious Side Effects of Pomalid Capsule :Unusual bleeding or bruising ; Upper respiratory infections ; Neuropathy (numbness and tingling) ; Shortness of breath ; Low white blood cell counts ; Low platelets (thrombocytopenia) etc.
These are not all the possible side effects of Pomalidomide 2mg Capsule. If you notice any other side-effects, contact your doctor or pharmacist for further advice.
What are the safety measures of Pomalid 2 mg ?
Before Taking Pomalid anti-cancer medicine, it is important to understand all precautions or safety information associated with it. You need to remember certain points such as –
Never use Pomalid if you are pregnant. This medicine can cause severe, life-threatening birth defects or death of a baby if the mother or the father is taking this medicine at the time of conception or during pregnancy. Even one dose of Pomalidomide can cause major birth defects of the baby’s arms and legs, bones, ears, eyes, face, and heart. Quickly tell your doctor if you are going to be a mother or are planning to become a mother.
There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using Pomalid during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this oncology medication while breastfeeding.
While you take Pomalid, you will have regular blood tests to check : your blood counts (white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets) and liver enzymes. These test can help your doctor check for any side effects. They’re also used to track the progression of disease, and to help doctors make decisions about treatment.
Tell your doctor if you have any abnormal or allergic reaction to Pomalid anti-cancer drug or any other medicines. Also inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes or preservatives. For over-the-counter products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
When it comes to alcohol and cancer medicines, it is best to check with your doctor about whether or not it is safe for you to drink during treatment. Because, Most oncology drugs (e.g Pomalid) can cause adverse reactions or become less effective if alcohol is consumed.
Before you start treatment with Pomalid, it is important to keep an up-to-date, written list of all the medicines (prescription and over-the-counter) and dietary supplements, including vitamins and herbals, that you are taking. Taking Pomalidomide together with certain medicines or products may cause serious side effects.
For the best possible benefit, it is important to receive each scheduled dose of this medication as directed. If you miss a dose of Pomalid 2 mg, it’s best to try to get back on track as soon as you realize it. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses to make up for the dose you missed.
Taking a single dose of expired medicine is unlikely to produce an adverse event. Expired drug may become ineffective in treating your prescribed conditions. To be on the safe side, it is important not to use expired drug. If you’ve had a medicine for a while, check the expiry date before using it. If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
Before using Pomalid (Pomalidomide), tell your doctor or pharmacist about your medical history, especially if you have liver disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, kidney disease ((or if you are on dialysis), heart or pancreas problems etc.
What are the storage instructions for Pomalid 2 mg ?
Many factors can damage your medication, including heat, air, light, and moisture. It’s important to keep in mind that where you store your medication can affect its potency and safety. Following storage instructions will be helpful in storing the drug in the best of manner.
• Store Pomalidomide at 20°C-25°C (68°F-77°F); excursions permitted to 15°C-30°C (59°F-86°F)
• Keep your capsules in a cool dry place. Some medicines require refrigerator, so check the information on the medicine bottle or label.
• Keep this medicine in its original bottle. Prescription and manufacturer bottles are created to protect the medication from light and moisture.
• Keep this anti-cancer drug in a safe place so that children & pets can not reach it.
• Keep Pomalid in a place with good lighting so you can always read the label and take the correct amount.
• Keep your medicines separate from your spouse or other family members. This will make it less likely that you take the wrong ones by mistake.