Neulasta

(pegfilgrastim)

2.4/ 5 average rating with 21 reviewsforNeulasta
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Prevents infection during chemotherapy

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

Quick facts about Neulasta
  • Drug class: Hematopoietic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available
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Upsides

  • Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) is effective at preventing infection during chemotherapy. Its effect lasts longer compared to a similar medicine, Neupogen.
  • Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) only needs to be given once with each chemotherapy cycle compared to daily injections.
  • There are no dosage adjustments in patients with kidney and liver problems.
  • In a clinical study there was a 94% reduction in the number people who had fever and a low white blood cell count (febrile neutropenia).

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Downsides

  • 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 Neulasta (pegfilgrastim).
  • You'll need to properly dispose of the needle and syringe in a special (FDA-approved) sharps container.
  • Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) is not available as a generic, and is expensive.

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How it works

Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) is a colony-stimulating factor (blood cell booster) that's similar to a protein your body makes naturally. It works to make a type of white blood cell called neutrophils grow faster, which help your body fight infection.

Quick facts about Neulasta
  • Drug class: Hematopoietic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available
People’s experience with Neulasta

21reviews so far. What do you think?

What to expect when you take Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) for Infection prevention during chemotherapy treatment

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Side effect rates for Neulasta (pegfilgrastim)

From 928 clinical trials of Neulasta when taken for any indication
  • Bone pain
  • Pain in extremity

Risks and Warnings for Neulasta (pegfilgrastim)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Allergy to Neulasta (pegfilgrastim)

    Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) has been reported to cause hypersensitivity reactions (severe rash, trouble breathing), and angioedema (life-threatening condition with swelling with or without hives). Most cases happened right away, but can occur days after you stop the medicine, even if you were treated with an anti-allergy medicine. If you notice these symptoms after your injection or days later, call your doctor and get medical care right away.

Common concerns from people taking Neulasta (pegfilgrastim)

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Kidneys and liver
  • There are no dosage adjustments in patients with kidney and liver problems.
Pain
  • Pain or redness in the area of injection is common. Let your doctor know if you notice a lump, swelling, or bruising that doesn't go away.