Is Neulasta a cancer drug?
This is not a chemotherapy drug. This medication is usually given at least 24 hours after chemotherapy to stimulate the growth of new, healthy, white blood cells (WBC). Pegfilgrastim is a longer acting form of filgrastim and the manufacturer recommends that it should not be given within 14 days prior to chemotherapy.
How long does Neulasta stay in your system?
In general, after one injection, Neulasta is completely eliminated from your system within 14 days.
When do Neulasta side effects begin?
The most common side effect of Neulasta is bone pain. And it typically affects your back and legs. You may be wondering how long this bone pain lasts. For most people, it starts within 2 days of receiving the drug.
Can Neulasta cause permanent bone pain?
Bone pain. Bone pain is a common side effect of Neulasta, though the reason for this isn’t known. It also isn’t known how long this side effect from the drug can last.
How much does Neulasta shot cost?
Amgen is committed to help ensure you will be able to get Neulasta® Onpro® at an affordable cost. The list price for Neulasta® is $6231* per dose. Neulasta® is a single dose administered once per chemotherapy cycle. Most patients do not pay the list price.
How often can you receive Neulasta?
Neulasta is usually given once per chemotherapy cycle. It should not be given within 14 days before or 24 hours after you receive chemotherapy.
What helps with Neulasta bone pain?
Your doctor may prescribe a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as ibuprofen or naproxen to treat bone pain caused by Neulasta. Neulasta helps the body make more white blood cells by stimulating the immune system, which also creates histamines.
How long does it take for white blood cells to return to normal after chemo?
The white cell count generally falls below the normal range about seven to ten days after a chemotherapy treatment and recovers within about a week after that.
Can I take a shower with Neulasta?
This on-body injector delivers Neulasta with an under-the-skin (subcutaneous) injection. The on-body injector is small, for one-time use, lightweight, battery-powered, and waterproof up to 8 feet for 1 hour. The on-body injector can be worn in a shower.
How long can Neulasta pain last?
Bone pain caused by Neulasta lasts at least 8 days for 49% of the patients, and most likely longer for a large number of patients.
How long does it take for your immune system to recover from chemo?
Treatment can last for anywhere from 3 to 6 months. During that time, you would be considered to be immunocompromised — not as able to fight infection. After finishing chemotherapy treatment, it can take anywhere from about 21 to 28 days for your immune system to recover.