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    Pemetrexed

    Information about Pemetrexed

    Pemetrexed uses

    Pemetrexed is used in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer and malignant pleural mesothelioma.

    How pemetrexed works

    Pemetrexed interferes with the growth of DNA and RNA of the cancer cells by substituting their building blocks. It prevents the cancer cells from growing and multiplying.

    Common side effects of pemetrexed

    Nausea, Vomiting, Pharyngitis, Loss of appetite, Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth), Hair loss, Low blood platelets, Rash, Fatigue, Anemia (low number of red blood cells), Diarrhea, Decreased white blood cell count (neutrophils), Neuropathy
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    Written By
    Dr. Anuj Saini
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    Dr. Lalit Kanodia
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    Last updated on:
    22 Mar 2019 | 11:20 AM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Pemetrexed

    • Use a reliable contraceptive method to prevent pregnancy while you are taking this medicine.
    • Inform your doctor immediately if you notice any signs of infection such as fever, sore throat, rash or severe diarrhea.

    Frequently asked questions for Pemetrexed

    Pemetrexed

    Q. Is Pemetrexed a vesicant?

    No. Pemetrexed is not a vesicant

    Q. Is Pemetrexed a chemotherapy/ cytotoxic?

    Yes. Pemetrexed is chemotherapy and a cytotoxic drug

    Q. Is Pemetrexed safe?

    Pemetrexed is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

    Q. Does Pemetrexed cause hair loss?

    Yes. Pemetrexed is a prescription chemotherapy medication and hair loss is one of the possible side effects.

    Content on this page was last updated on 22 March, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)