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   Pegfilgrastim

Pegfilgrastim
(injection) (injectable)


Helps your body make white blood cells. This will help prevent infections during cancer treatments (chemotherapy).

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Pegfilgrastim
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Uses
Helps your body make white blood cells. This will help prevent infections during cancer treatments (chemotherapy).

Storage
  • If you store this medicine at home, keep it in the refrigerator.
  • Do not freeze.
  • Leave the medicine in the carton until you are ready to use it.
  • If you accidentally freeze the medicine, let it thaw out in the refrigerator before you use it.
  • If you accidentally freeze the medicine a second time, do not use it. You may let the medicine warm up to room temperature before you use it.
  • Keep it away from heat or direct light.
  • The medicine can stay out of the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.
  • Discard any medicine that has been out of the refrigerator for more than 48 hours. Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through.
  • Keep this container away from children and pets. Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.


How To Use
  • APPEARANCE: Injectable. Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given.
  • This medicine is given as a shot under your skin.
  • This medicine is usually given as one injection during each of your chemotherapy treatment cycles. This medicine comes with patient instructions.
  • Read and follow these instructions carefully.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine. You may be taught how to give your medicine at home.
  • Make sure you understand all instructions before giving yourself an injection.
  • Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to. You will be shown the body areas where this shot can be given.
  • Use a different body area each time you give yourself a shot.
  • Keep track of where you give each shot to make sure you rotate body areas. Do not shake the medicine.
  • Use a new needle and syringe each time you inject your medicine. Make sure you know how to use the needle guard.
  • After giving an injection, slide the needle guard forward over the needle until you hear a "click." The needle guard will safely cover the used needle. Each syringe of medicine is good for only one dose.
  • After using one dose of medicine, discard (throw away) the syringe and any leftover medicine.
  • Do not save unused medicine from an opened syringe.

Side Effects
  • Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects: Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing. Blue lips or fingernails. Fever. Pain in your left side or shoulder, or feeling unusually full. Slow or shallow breathing. Stomach pain. Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet. Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness.

Precautions
  • You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to pegfilgrastim, or to any other medicine made from E.
  • coli (Escherichia coli) protein such as filgrastim (Neupogen®).
  • You should not use this medicine if it has been less than 24 hours (1 day) since you last received chemotherapy or radiation, or if your next chemotherapy treatment is fewer than 14 days (2 weeks) away.

Missed Dose
  • It is important that you receive each dose of this medicine according to schedule.
  • Call your doctor, pharmacist, treatment clinic, or home health caregiver for instructions if you miss a dose.

Drug Interactions
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have sickle cell disease. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to rubber.
  • The needle cover of the prefilled syringe contains dry natural rubber latex, which may cause an allergic reaction if you have a latex allergy. Your doctor will need to check your blood at regular visits while you are using this medicine.
  • Be sure to keep all appointments. Do not use the prefilled syringe for infants, children, or small adolescents who weigh less than 99 pounds (45 kilograms).
  • The syringe contains too much medicine for a small person. If you think you have an infection, tell your doctor right away.
  • Some signs of an infection are fever, chills, tiredness, weakness, or sore throat.

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