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pemetrexed is a class of medications called antifolate antineoplastic agents. it works by blocking the action of a certain substance in the body that may help cancer cells multiply.
pemetrexed injection is used in combination with other chemotherapy medications as a first treatment for a certain type of non-small cell lung cancer (nsclc) that has spread to nearby tissues or to other parts of the body. it is also used alone to treat nsclc as ongoing treatment in people who have already received certain chemotherapy medications and whose cancer has not worsened and in people who could not be treated successfully with other chemotherapy medications.
pemetrexed injection comes as a solution (liquid) to be injected into a vein over 10 minutes. pemetrexed injection is administered by a doctor or nurse in a medical office or infusion center. it is usually given once every 21 days.
your doctor will give you directions for taking these medications. follow your doctor's directions carefully. ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand.
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