You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Alimta if you have:
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Pleural effusion (accumulation of fluid in the lining of the lungs and chest cavity)
- Ascites (accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity)
- Any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Alimta and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Alimta and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Alimta Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
What If I Overdose on Alimta?A few cases of overdose with this medication have been reported. As would be expected with most chemotherapy medications, anemia, low white blood cells, low platelets, mouth sores, and rashes occurred when people took too much Alimta.
(Click Alimta Overdose for more information.)
Alimta vials should be stored at room temperature. Once the medication has been prepared (mixed with saline and diluted appropriately), it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.