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Neulasta® is a prescription medication used to help reduce the chance of infection due to a low white blood cell count, in people with certain types of cancer (non-myeloid), who receive anti-cancer medicines (chemotherapy) that can cause fever and low blood cell count.

Neulasta® is a prescription medication used to help reduce the chance of infection due to a low white blood cell count, in people with certain types of cancer (non-myeloid), who receive anti-cancer Read more medicines (chemotherapy) that can cause fever and low blood cell count. Close

Neulasta® is a prescription medication used to help reduce the chance of infection due to a low white blood cell count, Read more in people with certain types of cancer (non-myeloid), who receive anti-cancer medicines (chemotherapy) that can cause fever and low blood cell count. Close

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Caring for Someone During Chemotherapy

If you are helping to care for a friend or family member who is fighting cancer with chemotherapy, the support you provide is important. Whether reminding them about appointments, tracking their chemotherapy side effects, or helping with daily tasks, your support can make a difference.

Ways to help someone during chemotherapy

Here are a few thoughtful ways you can help someone during chemotherapy:

  • Provide transportation to and from doctor appointments
  • Run errands such as shopping for groceries or taking children to or from school
  • Stock their refrigerator with easily heated meals in disposable containers
  • Help with household chores such as vacuuming, laundry, dishes, making beds
  • Create a "travel bag" for them that is large enough to take items to and from their chemo appointments, with items to help them pass the time (books, magazines), to help keep them comfortable (blanket, small pillow, cozy socks), to help keep them warm (hat, scarf), and help with possible side effects of treatment (hard candies and water bottle for dry mouth or metallic taste and tissues for tears or runny nose)
  • Show them you care—visit them, call them, send them a card, write them a note

Learn about a serious side effect of strong chemotherapy

If you are a caregiver for a patient with cancer receiving strong chemotherapy, continue to explore this website. This website provides information about a serious side effect of strong chemotherapy, which can increase the risk of infection. You can also learn how Neulasta® may help people undergoing strong chemotherapy boost white blood cell counts to a level high enough to help protect against the risk of infection, and how Neulasta® Onpro® may mean not having to return to the doctor the day after chemo just to get their dose of Neulasta®. If, for any reason, you believe you did not receive your full dose of Neulasta® or that your On-body Injector is not working correctly, immediately contact your healthcare provider.

Reach out to others for support

Caregiving can be stressful and exhausting. If you are a caregiver, remember to take care of yourself by eating well, getting enough sleep, and reaching out to others for help. Explore these resources and cancer community websites for information and support. You may also want to learn about other patients who helped protect against the risk of infection with Neulasta® during chemotherapy.

Consider the possibility of fewer doctor visits with Neulasta® Onpro®*

* If, for any reason, you believe you did not receive your full dose of Neulasta® or that your On-body Injector is not working correctly, immediately contact your healthcare provider

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Important Safety Information

Who should not take Neulasta®?

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

What should I tell my health care provider before taking Neulasta®? Tell your healthcare provider if you:

  • Have sickle cell trait or sickle cell disease
  • Have had severe skin reactions to acrylic adhesives
  • Are allergic to latex
  • Have problems with your kidneys
  • Have any other medical problems
  • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Neulasta® may harm your unborn baby.
  • Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Neulasta® passes into your breast milk.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

What are possible serious side effects of Neulasta®?

  • Spleen Rupture. Your spleen may become enlarged and can rupture while taking Neulasta®. A ruptured spleen can cause death. 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 healthcare provider or get emergency medical help right away if you get any of these symptoms of ARDS: fever, shortness of breath, trouble breathing, or a fast rate of breathing.
  • Serious Allergic Reactions. Get emergency medical help right away if you get any of these symptoms of a serious allergic reaction with Neulasta®: shortness of breath, wheezing, dizziness, swelling around the mouth or eyes, fast pulse, sweating, and hives.

If you have an allergic reaction during the delivery of Neulasta®, remove the On-body Injector for Neulasta® by grabbing the edge of the adhesive pad and peeling off the On-body Injector. Get emergency medical help right away.

  • Sickle Cell Crises. Severe sickle cell crises, and sometimes death, can happen in people with sickle cell trait or disease who receive filgrastim, a medicine similar to Neulasta®.
  • Kidney injury (glomerulonephritis). Kidney injury has been seen in patients who received Neulasta®. You should notify your healthcare provider right away if you experience puffiness in your face or ankles, blood in your urine or brown colored urine or you notice you urinate less than usual.
  • Increased white blood cell count (leukocytosis). Your doctor will check your blood during treatment with Neulasta®.
  • Capillary Leak Syndrome. Neulasta® can cause fluid to leak from blood vessels into your body’s tissues. This condition is called "Capillary Leak Syndrome" (CLS). CLS can quickly cause you to have symptoms that may become life-threatening. Get emergency medical help right away if you develop any of the following symptoms:
    • swelling or puffiness and are urinating less often
    • trouble breathing
    • swelling of your stomach area (abdomen) and feeling of fullness
    • dizziness or feeling faint
    • a general feeling of tiredness

The most common side effect of Neulasta® is pain in the bones and in your arms and legs.

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of Neulasta®. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report negative side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information about Neulasta®, talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist; go to www.neulasta.com, or call 1-844-696-3852 (1-844-MYNEULASTA).

Please see Neulasta® Patient Information.

Important Safety Information
Who should not take Neulasta®?
Do not take Neulasta® if you have had a serious allergic reaction to Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim) or to NEUPOGEN® (filgrastim).
What should I tell my health care provider before taking Neulasta®? Tell your healthcare provider if you:
• Have sickle cell trait or sickle cell disease

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