Strong chemotherapy can reduce your white blood cell count, weakening your immune system. A weakened immune system increases your risk of infection. Neulasta® is a prescription medication that can help protect against your risk of infection during strong chemotherapy. It does this by boosting the number of certain infection fighting white blood cells called neutrophils, which strengthens your immune system.
Watch this video to learn more about how chemotherapy can weaken your immune system and what you can do to help protect against the risk of this potentially serious side effect of strong chemotherapy.
Your doctor may recommend that you take a prescription medication, like Neulasta®, that boosts the number of infection-fighting white blood cells called neutrophils. Neulasta® is a prescription medication given approximately 24 hours after you receive chemotherapy treatment. Neulasta® helps protect against the risk of infection and provides support through your chemotherapy cycle with just one injection. If you and your doctor decide to use the Neulasta® Onpro®, you may not have to return to the doctor the day after chemotherapy just for a Neulasta® injection. Neulasta® Onpro® is available at no extra cost beyond that of the Neulasta prefilled syringe.
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Neulasta® is a prescription medicine 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.
Do not take Neulasta® if you have had a serious allergic reaction to Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim) or NEUPOGEN® (filgrastim).
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
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.
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 side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088).
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.
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