The generic name of Alimta is pemetrexed. It is made for cancer patients. The action of the drug helps in impeding the spread and growth of cancer cells.
The main purpose of the drug is for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer when all the other cancer drugs used were not able to deliver good results.
This is used together with another medicine known as cisplatin for the treatment of mesothelioma. The disease is a type of lung cancer associated with asbestos exposure.
Things to remember
Never take the medicine if pregnant or suspected to be pregnant. This can definitely be harmful to the unborn child.
In addition, the doctor needs to be informed if you have liver or kidney disease, suppression of bone marrow, weakened the immune system or had excess fluid in the space around the internal organs like lung or liver.
Taking folic acid and vitamin B12 injections can help prevent certain effects of Alimta. Ensure to only take the dosage that the doctor recommended.
Blood vitamins like the aforementioned are essential as Alimta can lower blood cells which helps in boosting the immunity and assists in the blood clot. Blood testing is also required to be monitored. It is likely for the cancer treatment to be delayed depending on the results of the tests. Since immunity may be affected, remember to take extra precaution when getting exposed to other sick people. Any signs of infection need to be reported to the physician.
There are many side effects of this medicine. Some of the common include anemia, fever, depression, chest pain, fatigue, dyspnea, diarrhea, desquamation, leucopenia, skin rash, neuropathy, anorexia, stomatitis, and mood changes.
Alimta as pemetrexed disodium is available in injection, powder, lyophilized for the solution.
As for its active ingredient pemetrexed, it is available in intravenous powder for injection.
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