A man-made form of protein known as Neulasta can help to stimulate white blood cell growth within your body. White blood cells are critical for helping your body to fight off infection.
Neulasta is also used to treat the condition neutropenia, which is known as a lack of white blood cells after you have gone through the process of getting chemotherapy for cancer treatment. If you have recently been diagnosed or are dealing with any of the following disorders, you need to reach out to your physician as soon as possible. Prior to taking Neulasta, these conditions include:
- Kidney disease
- Sickle cell disorder
- A latex allergy
- Chronic myeloid leukemia
You also need to inform your doctor if you are currently pregnant or if you intend to become pregnant. Neulasta is injected underneath your skin and is usually given once for every chemotherapy cycle. The medication should not be used within 24 hours after you get chemotherapy or within 14 days before getting chemotherapy. The on-body injector is a special device that delivers your particular dose of Neulasta at a specific time. You will want to check the device over the course of receiving your treatment to ensure that it is delivering the treatment effectively.
Neulasta Side Effects
In the event that you have any of the following signs of a Neulasta allergic reaction, you need to consult with your physician as soon as possible. This includes wheezing, swelling of your tongue, lips, face or throat, flushing, skin rash, hives or difficulty breathing.
One particularly dangerous side effect of Neulasta is capillary leak syndrome. Signs of this syndrome include tiredness, feeling lightheaded, puffiness, sudden swelling, decreased urination and a feeling of fullness.
In the event that you have any of the following symptoms after taking Neulasta, reach out to your doctor immediately:
- Rapid breathing
- Swelling, bruising or a hard lump at the injection site
- Low white blood cell count
- Kidney problems
- Severe or sudden pain in your stomach going up to your shoulder
- Feeling short of breath
- Bone pain
- Pain in your arms and legs
Other drugs may also interact with Neulasta including vitamins, herbal products and over the counter medicines. Make sure you share all the details about medications you are taking with your physician as soon as possible.