Revlimid Side Effects could include Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted September 22, 2008


Earlier this month, the FDA listed the blood-cancer drug Revlimid among 20 drugs the agency was investigating for potential side effects. They have now confirmed that at least 14 reports of the severe and potentially life-threatening skin reactions Stevens-Johnson Syndrom (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TENS) has been linked to side effects of Revlimid.

Revlimid (lenalidomide) was introduced in December 2005 and has been approved for treatment of a bone-marrow disorder and multiple myeloma, which is a type of blood cancer. It is manufactured by Celgene Corp. and has been used by about 60,000 people.

In the Summer 2008 issue of the FDA Drug Safety Newsletter, the agency outlines postmarket reports of Revlimid users developing Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), which are severe skin reactions caused by a number of different medications.

SJS and TENS are debilitating conditions which literally cause the skin to burn from the inside out. It often results in the need for treatment in a burn unit and it can be fatal in severe cases. Symptoms of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis could include:

  • Rash, Blisters or Red Spots on Skin
  • Blisters in the Mouth, Eyes, Ears, Nose or Genital Area
  • Swelling of the Eyelids
  • Fever or Flu-Like Symptoms


The Stevens-Johnson Syndrome lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are investigating potential Revlimid lawsuits for individuals diagnosed with a severe skin reaction caused by Revlimid side effects. If you, a friend or family member have been diagnosed with SJS or TENS after taking Revlimid, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

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  • michael says:

    my 77 year old mother had non hodgkins . she was walking and doing ok before revlimid . her PET scan showed 3 , 5cm knodes , nothing else , spine tumor was gone also . After 10 days on the first cycle a tumor was easily seen on her neck , after the full 21 days it could be seen on both sides of her neck . what did the DR do ??? Increased the dose for 2nd cycle !!! at that point a second PET scan was ordered . It showed (she was in the ER throat swelled shut and massive pain all over) , it showed neck tumors , back tumor had returned and was bigger , lung tumors that she NEVER had before and other tumors . The makers of revlimid tell of these possible side effects and say to stop use , DR increased the dose ??? this all happened in the last 5 months ,now she is in a coma at hospice , last days .

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