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    Brand Name:Alimta
    Generic:Pemetrexed Disodium
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
2004-02-04 ,2004-08-19 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Eli Lilly and Company
This drug is available in the following forms:
Intravenous Injections
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About Alimta

Alimta ® is used as a treatment for:

  • malignant pleural mesothelioma, a type of cancer that affects the inside lining of the chest cavity. Alimta is given with cisplatin, another anti-cancer medicine (chemotherapy).
  • non-small cell lung cancer. Alimta is given alone after a patient has already tried prior chemotherapy.

Side Effects of Alimta

Call your doctor right away if you have a fever, chills, diarrhea, or mouth sores. These symptoms could mean you have an infection.

Some common side effects with Alimta when used with cisplatin include:

  • Stomach upset, including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Low blood cell counts:
  • Low red blood cells (which may make you feel tired, get tired easily, appear pale, and become short of breath)
  • Low white blood cells (which may give you a greater chance for infection)
  • Low platelets (which may give you a greater chance for bleeding)
  • Tiredness
  • Mouth, throat, or lip sores (stomatitis, pharyngitis)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rash

Who Should Not Take Alimta

You should not be given Alimta if you are allergic to Alimta or any of the ingredients in Alimta.

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My stepmother is starting Alimta in a few days and I would like to hear form others who have or are using it to find out their feelings about the drug. Their reactions/side effects, how effective it has been for them, etc. Any feedback you can give would be appreciated. Thanks. Judy

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