Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Alimta

Descriptions


Pemetrexed injection treats lung cancer and belongs to the group of medicines called antineoplastics. It is used together with cisplatin (a cancer medicine) to treat a type of cancer called malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). This cancer affects the inside lining of the chest cavity. Pemetrexed injection may also be used alone or together with cisplatin to treat a type of lung cancer called nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer.

To lower your chances of side effects with pemetrexed, you must also take folic acid and vitamin B12 prior to and during your treatment. Your doctor will prescribe a medicine called a corticosteroid (cortisone medicine) to take for 3 days during your treatment. Corticosteroid medicines lower your chances of getting skin reactions with pemetrexed.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Powder for Solution