pegfilgrastim - injection, Neulasta (cont.)

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 this medication to yourself at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.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.

SIDE EFFECTS: Bone pain may occur. Taking a non-aspirin pain reliever such as acetaminophen may help with this pain. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Injection site reactions such as redness, swelling, itching, lumps, or bruising may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Get medical help right away if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: breathing problems (e.g., trouble breathing, shortness of breath, fast breathing).Rarely, possibly fatal damage to the spleen may occur. Get medical help right away if you experience the following side effects: stomach/abdominal pain and/or shoulder pain.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but get medical help right away if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, fast heartbeat, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014

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