Brand Name: Alimta®
What is Alimta used for?
Alimta is a treatment for a type of cancer called malignant pleural mesothelioma. This cancer affects the inside lining of the chest cavity. Alimta is given with cisplatin, another anti-cancer medicine (chemotherapy). Alimta has not been studied in children.
Who should not be treated with Alimta?
You should not be given Alimta if you are allergic to Alimta or any of the ingredients in Alimta.
Special Warning(s) with Alimta:
It is very important to take folic acid and vitamin B12 during your treatment with Alimta to lower your chances of harmful side effects.
What should I tell my health care provider?
Tell your health care provider if you:
are pregnant, are trying to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
What are some possible side effects of Alimta? (This list is NOT a complete list of side effects reported with Alimta. Your health care provider can discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.)
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 white blood cells (which may give you a greater chance for infection)
• Low platelets (which may give you a greater chance for bleeding)
For more detailed information about Alimta, ask your health care provider or pharmacist.