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Regimen Information

For Alimta, including Side Effects

Alimta

Drugs in this Regimen:

For the treatment of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

How Alimta chemotherapy is given and possible side effects.

Alimta for the treatment of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Alimta is a chemotherapy drug used in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer.

MOST COMMON SIDE EFFECTS OF ALIMTA

  • Nausea & Vomiting

  • Risk of Infection

  • Alopecia

  • Diarrhea

For more information, see the 'Expert Resources' tab below.

Community Responses

Often, the most helpful information regarding treatment side effects comes not from clinical brochures, but rather from other patients like you. We've collected the most helpful community resources to help you prepare for the side effects and coping tips for your chemotherapy regimen.

What side effects did you experience while on this medication?

The following have been voted the 3 most helpful responses to this question.

This is not a race, but a marathon.

I have been on Alimta for almost 2 years now and the only side effects I experience is being tired the day of and day after treatment, day after treatment my cheeks and forehead get really flushed, and I have been gaining weight.

  • Sat Nov 17, 2012
I'm KENNETH SPENCE, and I'm a survivor of Stage 4 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Red face and good until day 2 then wiped out and nauseated.

  • Mon Aug 10, 2015
Hi, I'm Robert K.

I received my first treatment yesterday and have no side effects.

  • Thu Feb 6, 2014
I'm KENNETH SPENCE, and I'm a survivor of Stage 4 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Red face and good until day 2 then wiped out and nauseated.

  • Mon Aug 10, 2015

This discussion needs your voice!

What were the specific side effects that you experienced while taking this medication? How did you manage them?

What coping tips would you give to new patients on this regimen?

Hi, I'm Mary A A.

To the person with excessive fatigue, check on your blood pressure after treatment. Are you taking blood pressure medicine? You may not need it around your treatment. Check with you doctor.

  • Thu Feb 26, 2015

This discussion needs your voice!

What do you wish you had known before taking this medication? What information would you like to pass on to patients who are beginning this medication?

Treatment Overview

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