The below information on Alimta has been taken from official FDA sources, but we cannot guarantee it's accuracy. Please use this site for educational purposes only. This site does not replace a proper discussion with your doctor.
|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:|
|View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:|
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)
- Mouth, throat, or lip sores (stomatitis, pharyngitis)
- Loss of appetite
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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