Generic Name(s): pemetrexed
Drug Class: Antifolates
Treats: Lung Cancer, Mesothelioma
Alimta (pemetrexed) is a chemotherapy drug, used to treat certain types of cancer. The drug is used to treat individuals suffering from non-small cell lung cancer and mesothelioma. Alimta helps to slow the growth and spread of certain cancer causing cells.
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Alimta is an antifolate that treats non-small cell lung cancer and mesothelioma. The drug targets certain cancer cells in the body. Alimta should be used in combination with Folic acid and Vitamin B12 to decrease your chances of side effects.
Alimta is administered at a hospital or treatment center through intravenous infusion. The injection may lower blood cells. An individual's blood cell count should be monitored by a medical professional while taking Alimta.
Below you will find the different uses for Alendronate Sodium:
- Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Alimta dosage is dependent on the individual that it is being administered to. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. Alimta is administered through intravenous infusion. Follow your medical professional's directions for best results.
- 500mg/m every 21 days
Alimta Side Effects
While taking Alimta, individuals may experience different side effects. Note, not all side effects are listed here. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor immediately or seek medical attention.
Common Alimta Side Effects:
- Dry mouth
- Trouble sleeping
- Weight loss
Less Common Alimta Side Effects:
- Pale skin
Consult with your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects:
- Bleeding gums
- Chest pain
- Sore throat
- Black stools
If combined with other medications, individuals may experience serious side effects. Consult with your doctor before taking Alimta (pemetrexed). Below is a list of drugs that have been known to interact with Alimta. Note, this list does not include all possible drug interactions.