Alimta Intravenous Powder For Injection
Alimta (pemetrexed) is a member of the antimetabolites drug class and is commonly used for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma and Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.
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What is ?
Alimta (pemetrexed) is a cancer medicine that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.
Alimta is used to treat non-small cell lung cancer, or malignant pleural mesothelioma (a form of lung cancer associated with exposure to asbestos).
Alimta is sometimes used in combination with other cancer medicines.
Do not use Alimta if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby.
Before you receive Alimta, tell your doctor you have kidney or liver disease, bone marrow suppression, a weak immune system, or excess fluid in the space around your lung, liver, or other internal organs.
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Treximet), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Arthrotec, Cambia, Cataflam, Voltaren, Flector Patch, Pennsaid, Solareze), indomethacin (Indocin), meloxicam (Mobic), and others.
To prevent certain side effects of Alimta, you will need to take folic acid supplements and receive vitamin B12 injections (starting 7 days before your first dose of Alimta). Take only the amount of folic acid that your doctor has prescribed.
Alimta can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections and help your blood to clot. Your blood will need to be tested often. Your cancer treatments may be delayed based on the results of these tests. Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Avoid activities that may increase your risk of bleeding injury. Tell your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect while using Alimta such as fever, flu symptoms, sore throat, mouth sores, pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, ongoing vomiting or diarrhea, increased thirst, urinating less than usual, pounding heartbeats, and swelling or rapid weight gain.
Before taking this medicine
You should not be treated with Alimta if you are allergic to pemetrexed.
To make sure Alimta is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
kidney disease; or
Pemetrexed can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects if the mother or the father is using this medicine.
If you are a woman, do not use Alimta if you are pregnant. Use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy while you are using this medicine and for at least 6 months after your last dose.
If you are a man, use effective birth control if your sex partner is able to get pregnant. Keep using birth control for at least 3 months after your last dose.
Tell your doctor right away if a pregnancy occurs while either the mother or the father is using Alimta.
Alimta may affect fertility (ability to have children) in men. However, it is important to use birth control to prevent pregnancy because pemetrexed can harm an unborn baby.
You should not breast-feed while you are using Alimta, and for at least 1 week after your last dose.
Alimta side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Alimta (hives, difficult breathing, swelling in your face or throat) or a severe skin reaction (fever, sore throat, burning eyes, skin pain, red or purple skin rash with blistering and peeling).
Call your doctor at once if you have:
little or no urination;
new or worsening cough, fever, trouble breathing;
swelling, redness, or blistering of skin that was treated with radiation in the past; or
low blood cell counts - fever, chills, tiredness, mouth sores, skin sores, easy bruising, unusual bleeding, pale skin, cold hands and feet, feeling light-headed or short of breath.
Common Alimta side effects may include:
feeling tired or short of breath;
loss of appetite, weight loss; or
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
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