Neulasta is the new drug which has replaced Neupogen, and it means that instead of having to give yourself an injection every day, you now only need to get the one injection, that will work over a period of time.
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Neulasta is used to stimulate the growth of white blood cells after you have received your chemotherapy.
It is injected under the skin, usually around the abdomen, thigh, or upper arm area. Simply pinch some skin, and insert it at an angle. Your doctor or nurses will make sure that you are trained in this procedure. If you cannot bear to inject yourself, a district nurse or outpatient visit can be arranged for this purpose Injections are easy, and I give them to my self.
Like almost all drugs, growth factors may cause side effects. These depend on which growth factor you have, and may vary from one person to another.
Some people have bone pain: usually a dull ache or discomfort in the bones of the back, pelvis, arms or legs. This is usually mild and goes away when the growth factor injections stop.
Your skin may become red and itchy around the place where the injection is given. This will disappear once the course of injections is over.
You may have fever, chills and fluid retention. Fluid retention may lead to swelling of the ankles or breathlessness.
Tell your doctor or nurse if you have any side effects.
Your doctor may prescribe painkillers such as paracetamol to help
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