Alimta

Generic Name: Pemetrexed disodium

  • What is Alimta?

    Alimta is used to treat certain cancers, including malignant pleural mesothelioma and non-small cell lung cancer.
  • What is the most important information I should know about Alimta?

    Alimta can suppress bone marrow function and may impair kidney function.
  • Who should not take Alimta?

    You should not use Alimta if you are allergic any of its ingredients. Do not take Alimta if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Alimta?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medication you are taking before beginning treatment with Alimta. Combining Alimta with certain medications may cause serious side effects. Also tell your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The doctor will adjust the dose based on the type of cancer you have and other medications you are taking.

    Alimta is given as an intravenous infusion over 10 minutes. You will usually receive treatment once every 21 days.

    If you are being treated for malignant pleural mesothelioma, Alimta is given in combination with cisplatin. Cisplatin is infused in your vein for about 2 hours starting about 30 minutes after your treatment with Alimta.

  • How should I take Alimta?

    To lower your chances of side effects, you must also take folic acid and vitamin B12 before and during treatment with Alimta.
  • What should I avoid while taking Alimta?

    Avoid becoming pregnant or breastfeeding. Also avoid taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Alimta?

    If Alimta is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Always check with your doctor before combining Alimta with any other medication, especially drugs that affect kidney function (such as probenecid) and NSAIDs such as ibuprofen.
  • What are the possible side effects of Alimta?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, low blood cell counts, tiredness, loss of appetite, rash, and sores on the mouth, throat, or lip

    Call your doctor right away if you have a fever, chills, diarrhea, or mouth sores. These may be signs of an infection.

  • Can I receive Alimta if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    You should not use Alimta if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, since this drug may cause fetal harm. It is not known if Alimta appears in breast milk; avoid breastfeeding while using this drug. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Alimta?

    Ask your doctor for advice.
  • How should I store Alimta?

    Store at room temperature.