pegfilgrastim - injection, Neulasta
GENERIC NAME: PEGFILGRASTIM - INJECTION (peg-fill-GRASS-tim)
BRAND NAME(S): Neulasta
USES: Pegfilgrastim is a long-acting form of the drug, filgrastim. These drugs, called colony-stimulating factors, are used to help stimulate the bone marrow to make white blood cells in patients who are not able to produce enough white blood cells on their own.White blood cells help the body fight infections. Certain medical conditions (e.g., cancer) and/or medications (e.g., cancer chemotherapy) may reduce the body's ability to make normal white blood cells.
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using pegfilgrastim and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Avoid shaking this medication; doing so may make the drug ineffective.Remove the medication from the refrigerator 30 minutes before you inject it to allow it to reach room temperature.Inject this medication under the skin (subcutaneously) usually once during each chemotherapy cycle, or as directed by your doctor. The dosage is usually one 6 milligram injection, but it may be adjusted for children or small adults (weighing less than 100 pounds or 45 kilograms).Do not give this drug during the period 14 days before to 1 day after your chemotherapy. Giving this drug during this time may increase your risk of certain side effects. Consult your doctor for details.If you are giving yourself this injection at home, make sure you learn how to prepare and inject this medication properly. Ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse any questions you may have about how to give yourself pegfilgrastim. Learn how to properly dispose of used syringes, needles, and any unused medication. Never reuse needles or syringes.Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.Choose a new injection site each time you give yourself a dose. This will help prevent soreness. Never inject pegfilgrastim into skin that is tender, red, bruised, and hard, or has scars or stretch marks.
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