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What is Pemetrexed used for?

Pemetrexed is a chemotherapy injection used to treat two types of lung cancers: non-small cell lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare cancer associated with asbestos exposure. This cancer medication works by slowing the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Pemetrexed?

The dosage of Pemetrexed prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

What if you miss a dose of Pemetrexed?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to receive Pemetrexed injection in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, call your doctor as soon as possible.

What if you overdose on Pemetrexed?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Pemetrexed, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Pemetrexed?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Pemetrexed.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Pemetrexed, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Pemetrexed can interact with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Pemetrexed?

Like other medicines, Pemetrexed can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Pemetrexed are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Pemetrexed cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Pemetrexed develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Pemetrexed can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, sore throat, fever, diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, and rash. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Pemetrexed.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Pemetrexed?

Is it possible for me to receive Pemetrexed with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I receive Pemetrexed?
What are the possible drug interactions of Pemetrexed?
How will Pemetrexed work in my body?
How to reduce the risk of Pemetrexed drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Pemetrexed is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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