I just started Revlimid last week and had taken Velcade for 15 months prior without drinking anything alcoholic/ I am taking 10mg of Revlimid. I asked my doctor today and he suggested I ask Cellgene or go to their website and I can't find the answer. Thanks
Is is okay to drink a couple of beers occassionally while using Revlimid for maintenance for MM?
Question posted by Rabbitandhorse on 14 June 2012
Last updated on 22 January 2018
I asked my Oncologist if I could have Champagne twist a year. On New Years and anniversary. He said yes.I also asked him if I could have a beer about every 3-4 months. He said yes. I also asked my Nephrologist the same questions and he said yes. I am in chronic renal failure. This does not mean if it is OK for you. It depends on your physical condition and what chemotherapy you are on. I believe that sometimes I do what I feel is right for me. I have so many restrictions. Sometimes I just have to break the rules.
I, too, have multiple myeloma. I'm sure you know that MM effects the kidneys, don't you? Why put added stress on them? The meds we have to take for the cancer and maintenance is hard enough on our kidneys and livers. I truly understand that you want to kick back and relax with a beer and friends. I really do. That relaxation is short-lived, while an alcoholic drink could have long-lasting ramifications. IMO - not worth it! Just looking out for you, my friend.
The best person to answer this question is the cellgene pharmacist when you do your monthly call. Pharmicist have at least 6 years training on drugs and ther interactions. Further check with your MD. they will know how your liver is and if it can tolerate the added stress.
Below is the link you are looking for about your med. This should tell you if it's ok to drink a beer now & then... Mary
Are you using the exact spelling of the drug from your prescription bottle?
- Revlimid uses and safety info
- Revlimid information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Revlimid (detailed)
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