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Alimta® (pemetrexed) is a chemotherapy drug used for mesothelioma and non-squamous, non-small-cell lung cancer. It is given as an infusion (injection) that takes about 10 minutes to complete. Typically, one infusion is given every 21 days. The medication comes in single-dose vials of 100 or 500 mg each.
This product may not be suitable for everyone. Before undergoing chemotherapy with Alimta, your healthcare provider will need information on your current medications and details on your health history. It's especially important to tell your healthcare provider if you have kidney failure, any allergies, or an accumulation of fluid in your abdominal cavity.
You will need to take vitamin B12 and folic acid during treatment with this medicine; this will help limit your risk of side effects. In some cases, your healthcare provider may also recommend a corticosteroid to prevent a skin rash.
(Click Alimta for more information on this type of chemotherapy, including details on who makes it, how your dosage will be determined, and what you can expect in the case of an overdose.)
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