Neulasta

(pegfilgrastim)

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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.

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

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

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

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  • Pain in extremity
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Side effect rates for Neulasta (pegfilgrastim)

From 928 clinical trials of Neulasta when taken for null
  • Bone pain
    31%31%
    26%26%
  • Pain in extremity
    9%9%
    4%4%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Neulasta.

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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.

Pharmacist Q&A

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Frequently Asked Questions

This medication reduces the risk of infection in people with tumors who are at risk of developing infections due to chemotherapy.

Who is this drug for?

This medication reduces the risk of infection in people with tumors who are at risk of developing infections due to chemotherapy.

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.
  • Not worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Neulastaon 10/20/2017Have a strong pain medication ready. Was writhing in pain for 3 days. Had to take Vicodin. Not able to take NSAIDS
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    Woman
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    Infection prevention during chemotherapy treatment