Neupogen

(filgrastim)

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Prevents infection during chemotherapy.

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Our bottom line

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

Quick facts about Neupogen
  • Drug class: Hematopoietic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available
Prices and discounts
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Upsides

  • 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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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 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.
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How it works

Neupogen (filgrastim) 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 Neupogen
  • Drug class: Hematopoietic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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

Dosage forms

  • Injection
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What to expect when you take Neupogen (filgrastim) for Infection prevention during chemotherapy treatment

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Side effect rates for Neupogen (filgrastim)

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  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Decreased platelets
  • Fatigue
  • Back pain
  • Dizziness
  • Cough
  • Rash
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath

Risks and Warnings for Neupogen (filgrastim)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Allergy to Neupogen (filgrastim)

    Some people taking Neupogen (filgrastim) have had hypersensitivity reactions (severe rash, trouble breathing) and angioedema (life-threatening condition with swelling with or without hives). Most cases occur immediately, but can also happen days after you stop the medicine even if you were treated with 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 Neupogen (filgrastim)

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  • Although rare, Neupogen (filgrastim) can enlarge or rupture (break open) your spleen. A ruptured spleen is very serious and can cause death. Call your doctor and get medical care right away if you have pain in the upper left stomach area or in the shoulder.
Kidneys and liver
  • There are no dosage adjustments if you have 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.