3.0/ 7 average rating with 21 reviewsforNeulasta

Neulasta
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(pegfilgrastim)

Neulasta (pegfilgrastim)

Prescription only

Neupogen (filgrastim)

Prescription only
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Prevents infection during chemotherapy

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

Prevents infection during chemotherapy.

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

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).
  • Neupogen (filgrastim) is effective at preventing infection during chemotherapy.
  • There are no dosage adjustments if you have kidney and liver problems.
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.
  • 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
  • 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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Reviews
21 
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think this treatment is worth it
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think this treatment works well
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think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
2possible side effects
  • Bone pain
    31%
  • Pain in extremity
    9%
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10possible side effects
  • Fever
    48%
  • Nausea
    43%
  • Decreased platelets
    38%
  • Fatigue
    20%
  • Back pain
    15%
  • Dizziness
    14%
  • Cough
    14%
  • Rash
    14%
  • Chest pain
    13%
  • Shortness of breath
    13%
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Risks and warnings
  • Serious allergic reactions

    Allergy to Neulasta (pegfilgrastim)

  • Blood problems

    Sickle cell disease

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Malignancy

    History of myeloid cancers or myelodysplastic conditions

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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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