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Review: could Revlimid cause Shortness of breath (Breathing difficulty)?

Summary: Shortness of breath is found among people who take Revlimid, especially for people who are male, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Aspirin, and have Multiple myeloma.

We study 42,903 people who have side effects while taking Revlimid from FDA and social media. Among them, 1,416 have Shortness of breath. Find out below who they are, when they have Shortness of breath and more.

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Revlimid

Revlimid has active ingredients of lenalidomide. It is often used in multiple myeloma. (latest outcomes from 42,996 Revlimid users)

Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath has been reported by people with high blood pressure, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, pain, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. (latest reports from 165,355 Shortness of breath patients)

On Dec, 27, 2014: 42,903 people reported to have side effects when taking Revlimid. Among them, 1,416 people (3.30%) have Shortness Of Breath.

Trend of Shortness of breath in Revlimid reports

Time on Revlimid when people have Shortness of breath * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Shortness of breath51.36%35.96%8.99%2.73%0.96%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Shortness of breath when taking Revlimid * :

FemaleMale
Shortness of breath46.25%53.75%

Age of people who have Shortness of breath when taking Revlimid * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Shortness of breath0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.55%5.23%18.18%76.03%

Severity of Shortness of breath when taking Revlimid ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Shortness of breath ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Multiple myeloma (941 people, 66.45%)
  2. Myelodysplastic syndrome (166 people, 11.72%)
  3. Pain (59 people, 4.17%)
  4. Hypertension (53 people, 3.74%)
  5. Neoplasm malignant (45 people, 3.18%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aspirin (411 people, 29.03%)
  2. Dexamethasone (357 people, 25.21%)
  3. Zometa (338 people, 23.87%)
  4. Decadron (212 people, 14.97%)
  5. Velcade (207 people, 14.62%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

Comments for this study:

Linda Bloom (2 years ago):

I'm writing for an. 83 year old man. Dad has been on Revlimid fo two weeks. His shortness of breath is so severe he can just barely walk to the kitchen, bedroom or bathroom.
How are all of you dealing with shortness of breath? Are you finding any relief?

Thank you! Linda
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