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These medications are comparable to Neulasta (Pegfilgrastim) or used for similar purposes.

Neulasta
(Pegfilgrastim)

Aranesp
(Darbepoetin Alfa)

Epogen
(Epoetin)

Neupogen
(Filgrastim)

Epogen
(Epoetin)

Prevents infection during chemotherapy. Neulasta can lower your risk of infection during chemotherapy, and the injections are less frequent than some alternatives.Coming soon.Coming soon.Coming soon.Coming soon.
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Side effects
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  • Pain in extremity 5%
  • Bone pain 5%
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How it works
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Neulasta is a colony-stimulating factor (blood cell booster) that's similar to a protein your body makes naturally. It works to boost the number of certain white blood cells called neutrophils and makes them grow faster. Neutrophils help your body fight infection.Coming soon.Coming soon.Coming soon.Coming soon.
Type of medication
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Colony stimulating factorPrescription only
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Available as
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  • Injection
  • Injection
  • Injection
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Used for (click to learn more)
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  • Anemia
  • Anemia
  • Febrile neutropenia
  • Anemia
Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Allergy to filgrastim
      • Sickle cell disease
      • Sickle cell crisis while taking filgrastim
        • History of myeloid cancers or myelodysplastic conditions
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        Pregnancy category
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        CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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        CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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        CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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        CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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        CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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        Kidneys and liver
        • Neulasta has a longer duration of effect compared to a similar medicine, Neupogen. It's a larger molecule so it stays in the body longer and is slowly removed by the kidney.
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        Upsides and benefits
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        • Neulasta has a longer duration of effect compared to a similar medicine, Neupogen. It's a larger molecule so it stays in the body longer and is slowly removed by the kidney.
        • Only needs to be given once with each chemotherapy cycle compared to daily injections.
        • Studies show less people who took Neulasta had fever with low white blood cell count (neutropenia) compared to people who didn't take it initially. They went to the hospital less and needed less intravenous medicine to fight infections.
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        Downsides and risks
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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.
        • You'll need to properly dispose of the needle and syringe in a special (FDA-approved) sharps container.
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        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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        • Neulasta stimulates a certain type of white blood cell important in fighting infection. It's injected under the skin (subcutaneous) beginning 24-72 hours after you finish your cancer medicine treatment.
        • 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.
        • Most common side effect is aches/pain in your muscles and bones. Take Tylenol or other non-aspirin pain reliever.
        • Serious and life-threatening spleen, lung, allergic reactions and sickle cell crisis can happen immediately, days or months after starting Neulasta.
        • Use effective birth control while you're taking Neulasta. If you do become pregnant enroll in Amgen's Pregnancy Surveillance Program.
        • Tell your doctor if you have an allergy to latex. The prefilled syringe needle cover contains a latex product.
        • Store Neulasta in the refrigerator (not in the freezer), protect from light and don't shake it. For a more comfortable injection, leave the syringe at room temperature for 30 minutes before injecting.
        • Don't inject if Neulasta contains any particles, is discolored or foamy.
        • Don't inject into skin that's red, bruised or irritated. Rotate your injection areas using front of the thigh, outer area of upper arms or lower part of your belly (not around belly button).
        • Store away from children and dispose of used syringes or syringes left at room temperature for more than 48 hours in a protective (Sharps) container. DON'T throw in the trash.
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