In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02249790 ||NEULASTA 10MG / ML SUBCUTANEOUS SOLUTION|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Pegfilgrastim belongs to the family of medications known as granulocyte colony stimulating factors (G-CSF). Pegfilgrastim helps the bone marrow produce white blood cells which help the body fight infection.
Pegfilgrastim is used to treat neutropenia (low counts of a certain type of white blood cell known as neutrophils) for people who have certain types of cancer and are receiving a type of chemotherapy that slows down white blood cell production.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
The recommended adult dose of pegfilgrastim is 6 mg given by subcutaneous (under the skin) injection after each cycle of chemotherapy. Pegfilgrastim should not be given less than 14 days before chemotherapy and not until 24 hours after chemotherapy.
Pegfilgrastim is usually given under medical supervision. If you are giving pegfilgrastim to yourself, your doctor or health care professional will instruct you on how to use pegfilgrastim properly. It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
If you miss a dose of pegfilgrastim, call your doctor.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not shake this medication vigorously. This medication should be stored in the refrigerator and protected from light. Freezing should be avoided, but if the medication is accidentally frozen, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator before being given. If the medication is accidentally frozen 2 times or is left at room temperature for more than 72 hours, it should be discarded.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Neulasta® is available in a single-use syringe that contains 6 mg of pegfilgrastim.
Each 0.6 mL single-use syringe of sterile clear colourless preservative-free liquid for subcutaneous administration contains pegfilgrastim 6 mg (based on protein mass only). Nonmedicinal ingredients: polysorbate 20, sodium acetate, sorbitol, and water for injection, USP; pH: 4.0.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take this medication if you:
- are allergic to pegfilgrastim, to filgrastim, or any of the ingredients of the medication
- are allergic to products made using the E. coli bacteria