Alimta is an (antifolate) antineoplastic agent, prescribed for mesothelioma (cancer that develops from the protective lining of the internal tissues) and certain types of non-small cell lung cancer either alone or with other medications. It slows down the growth and the spread of cancerous tissue in the body.  

Drug information on Alimta (Pemetrexed) from Eli Lilly and Company (India)


Eli Lilly and Company (India)
Generic : Pemetrexed
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Medical Condition(s) for which Alimta may be prescribed

Lung Cancer
Malignant Mesothelioma

Side effects of Alimta

  Body as whole: Easy bleeding, body aches, white patches inside the mouth or in the lip region, unusual weakness, fever, chills, rapid weight gain and swelling of the body part regions.

  Skin : Pale skin, skin rash and redness at the injection site.

  Genitourinary: Less urination frequency.

  Respiratory : Chest pain and trouble in breathing.

  Gastrointestinal: Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea and constipation

  Blood: Anemia.

  Central Nervous System : Sleepiness, numbness, depression and tiredness.

Dosage & When it is to be taken (Indications)

IV: Recommended dose is 500 mg/m2 on first day of each 21-day cycle in combination with cisplatin 75 mg/m2.

How to use Alimta?

It comes as a solution for injection, administered by a healthcare provider.

When is Alimta not to be taken? (Contraindications)


Warnings and Precautions for Alimta

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of pleural effusion, kidney or liver disease, elderly, pregnancy and breastfeeding.

• This medication is not advisable for children.

• Avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID) drugs, while taking this medication.

• Avoid contact with people who have cold or flu like infections.

Monitor kidney function regularly while taking this medication.

Other Precautions for Alimta

It may lead to poor blood clot.

Storage Conditions for Alimta

Normally handled and stored by healthcare provider.

♦ Safety Labeling Changes Approved By FDA

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