Compare Aranesp vs. Neupogen

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Aranesp (Darbepoetin Alfa)

Neupogen (filgrastim)

Prescription only
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Prevents infection during chemotherapy.

Neupogen (filgrastim) can lower your risk of infection during chemotherapy, but it can cause a significant amount of bone pain.

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  • Neupogen (filgrastim) is effective at preventing infection during chemotherapy.
  • There are no dosage adjustments if you have kidney and liver problems.
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  • If you decide not to self-inject and don't have someone to do it for you, you'll need to have your doctor or trained medical staff give you each dose of Neupogen (filgrastim).
  • You'll need to properly dispose of the needle and syringe in a special (FDA-approved) sharps container.
  • Neupogen (filgrastim) is not available as a generic, and is expensive.
  • Neupogen (filgrastim) is injected every day, whereas Neulasta is injected every 10-14 days.
Used for
  • Anemia
  • Due to chemotherapy - Neoplastic disease
  • Non-myeloid
  • Metastatic Anemia of chronic renal failure
  • Severe chronic neutropenia
  • Febrile neutropenia prophylaxis in myelosuppressive chemotherapy recipients with nonmyeloid malignancies
  • Febrile neutropenia prophylaxis in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) following induction or consolidation chemotherapy
  • Bone marrow transplantation
  • Hematopoietic radiation injury syndrome
  • Peripheral blood progenitor cell collection and therapy
Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Injection
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Side effects
The Aranesp (Darbepoetin Alfa) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
10possible side effects
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Decreased platelets
  • Fatigue
  • Back pain
  • Dizziness
  • Cough
  • Rash
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
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Risks and warnings
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  • Serious allergic reactions

    Allergy to Neupogen (filgrastim)

  • Blood problems

    Sickle cell disease

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Malignancy

    History of myeloid cancers or myelodysplastic conditions

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