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Indication

Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim) is a prescription medication used to reduce the risk of infection (initially marked by fever) in patients with some tumors receiving strong chemotherapy that decreases the number of infection-fighting white blood cells.

Important Safety Information

Who should not take Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim)?

Do not take Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim) if you have had an allergic reaction to Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim) or to NEUPOGEN® (filgrastim).

What should I tell my health care provider before taking Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim)?

If you have a sickle cell disorder, make sure your doctor knows about it before using Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim).

What are possible serious side effects of Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim)?

  • Spleen Rupture. Your spleen may become enlarged and can rupture while taking Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim). A ruptured spleen can cause death. The spleen is located in the upper left section of your stomach area. Call your doctor right away if you have pain in the left upper stomach area or left shoulder tip area. This pain could mean your spleen is enlarged or ruptured.
  • A serious lung problem called acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Call your doctor or seek emergency care right away if you have shortness of breath, trouble breathing, or a fast rate of breathing.
  • Serious Allergic Reactions. Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim) can cause serious allergic reactions. These reactions can cause shortness of breath, wheezing, dizziness, swelling around the mouth or eyes, fast pulse, sweating, and hives. If you start to have any of these symptoms, call your doctor or seek emergency care right away. If you have an allergic reaction during the injection of Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim), stop the injection. Call your doctor right away.
  • Sickle Cell Crises. You may have a serious sickle cell crisis if you have a sickle cell disorder and take Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim). Serious and sometimes fatal sickle cell crises can occur in patients with sickle cell disorders receiving filgrastim, a medicine similar to Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim). Call your doctor right away if you have symptoms of sickle cell crisis such as pain or difficulty breathing.

What are the most common side effects of Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim)?

The most common side effect you may experience is aching in the bones and muscles. If this happens, it can usually be relieved with a nonaspirin pain reliever, such as acetaminophen.

What important information do I need to know about receiving Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim)?

  • Occasionally pain and redness may occur at the injection site. If there is a lump, swelling, or bruising at the injection site that does not go away, talk to the doctor.
  • Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim) should only be injected on the day the doctor has determined and should not be injected until approximately 24 hours after receiving chemotherapy.
  • The needle cover on the single-use prefilled syringe contains dry natural rubber (latex), which should not be handled by persons sensitive to this substance.

If you have any questions about this information, be sure to discuss them with your doctor. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.



Please see the Neulasta® Patient Product Information and Prescribing Information.

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Test your knowledge now, gain insight from real personal stories, then ask your doctor how Neulasta® can help during strong chemotherapy.

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A low white blood cell count is a potentially serious side effect of some chemotherapy. For more information on the risks of a low white blood cell count and how to help reduce them, talk with your doctor.

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Actually, a low white blood cell count is a potentially serious side effect of some chemotherapy. For more information the risks of a low white blood cell count and how to help reduce them, talk with your doctor.

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Strong chemotherapy can weaken your immune system in many ways, including by lowering your white blood cell count, putting you at greater risk for infection. Remember to always talk with your doctor to fully understand your treatment and how it may impact you.

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Actually, strong chemotherapy can weaken your immune system in many ways, including by lowering your white blood cell count, putting you at greater risk for infection. Remember to always talk with your doctor to fully understand your treatment and how it may impact you.

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The longer a patient has a low white blood cell count, the higher the risk for infection. Speak openly with your doctor on how your chemotherapy may impact you.

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Actually, the longer a patient has a low white blood cell count, the higher the risk for infection. Speak openly with your doctor on how your chemotherapy may impact you.

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Actually, cases of febrile neutropenia, a low white blood cell count with fever, occur most often in the first cycle of chemotherapy. Talk to your doctor about your treatment options that may help reduce your risk of febrile neutropenia.

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Cases of febrile neutropenia, a low white blood cell count with fever, occur most often in the first cycle of chemotherapy. Talk to your doctor about your treatment options that may help reduce your risk of febrile neutropenia.

Learn from a cancer specialist

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Along with avoiding exposure to dangerous germs, a white blood cell booster such as Neulasta® can help to reduce the risk of infection during strong chemotherapy.

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Actually, along with avoiding exposure to dangerous germs, a white blood cell booster such as Neulasta® can help to reduce the risk of infection during strong chemotherapy.

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Actually, while you need to be careful about visiting with people who are visibly sick, you do not need to avoid everyone. Always speak with your doctor to understand what behaviors you may need to change based on your individual needs.

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While you need to be careful about visiting with people who are visibly sick, you do not need to avoid everyone. Always speak with your doctor to understand what behaviors you may need to change based on your individual needs.

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Actually, beyond some of the more visible physical changes that may occur during chemotherapy, such as hair loss, you may also be affected in less visible ways, such as a depressed immune system.

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Beyond some of the more visible physical changes that may occur during chemotherapy, such as hair loss, you may also be affected in less visible ways, such as a depressed immune system.

Learn from a cancer specialist

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Actually, there is a chance that you may experience physical changes during your cancer treatment. With the guidance of your doctor, doing everything you can to make you feel most like yourself can help you during your cancer treatment journey.

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There is a chance that you may experience physical changes during your cancer treatment. With the guidance of your doctor, doing everything you can to make you feel most like yourself can help you during your cancer treatment journey.

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While you should always talk to your doctor about what lifestyle choices will be right for you during treatment, this is actually a myth. Looking their best during chemotherapy may help some people maintain a positive attitude. Consider buying new make-up before beginning chemotherapy, replacing mascara every few months and utilizing disposable applicators to help minimize the risk of infection from make-up during chemotherapy.

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While you should always talk to your doctor about what lifestyle choices will be right for you during treatment, this is actually a myth. Looking their best during chemotherapy may help some people maintain a positive attitude. Consider buying new make-up before beginning chemotherapy, replacing mascara every few months and utilizing disposable applicators to help minimize the risk of infection from make-up during chemotherapy.

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