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Is neulasta (pegfilgrastim) needed with weekly taxol?

Is neulasta (pegfilgrastim) needed with weekly taxol?

No!: Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) is a long-acting injection that increases your white blood cells. It should only be given during a two or three week window when you're not receiving chemotherapy. If you're receiving Taxol every week, you should not receive neulasta (pegfilgrastim). If you do, the Taxol can kill the dividing white blood cells, and harm your bone marrow stem cells. It is not fda-approved to give during weekly chemo! ...Read more

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Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) with weekly taxol, is this okay?

Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) with weekly taxol, is this okay?

No!: Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) is a long-acting injection that increases your white blood cells. It should only be given during a two or three week window when you're not receiving chemotherapy. If you're receiving Taxol every week, you should not receive neulasta (pegfilgrastim). If you do, the Taxol can kill the dividing white blood cells, and harm your bone marrow stem cells. It is not fda-approved to give during weekly chemo! ...Read more

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What long term side affects or damage should I expect from taxotere, cytoxen. Neulasta (pegfilgrastim)?

What long term side affects or damage should I expect from taxotere, cytoxen. Neulasta (pegfilgrastim)?

Some: Taxoter: peripheral neuropathy. Cytoxan: hemorrhagic cystitis. Alos about 1% risk of secondary leukemias. Neulasta: no one knows. Generally speaking it depends on what are you treating and what are the alternatives. These two agents are crucial in the treatment of early breast cancer and are given before or after surgery as part of a regimen called ac-t. ...Read more

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How long will neulasta (pegfilgrastim) bone pain last?

How long will neulasta (pegfilgrastim) bone pain last?

Few days to week: Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) is a prescription medication that can help reduce your risk of infection while on strong chemotherapy by supporting your body’s natural defenses. ...Read more

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If I am going to have bone pain from my neulasta (pegfilgrastim) shot....What is the average time before it will occur?

If I am going to have bone pain from my neulasta (pegfilgrastim) shot....What is the average time before it will occur?

Not known: This drug s a biotech drug using protein derived from e-coli. There r many side effects one being bone pain which can b rx'd with non Aspirin pain meds. It stimulates ur bone marrow 2 produce more WBC & in doing so u r able 2 fight infection better during chemo 4 breast ca. Side effects r many drug must b handled carefully. B sure u kno all. Get pkg insert from ur md. ...Read more

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Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) cause white blood cell spike?

Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) cause white blood cell spike?

Yes!!: This is exactly what Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) does. It increases your white blood cell count, and it can sometimes raise it to very high levels. ...Read more

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Tx is bi-weekly with fu5 + avastin (bevacizumab). Cea is reliable, tested at start of tx. Cea drops significantly with neulasta/neopogen tx following chemo. Why?

Tx is bi-weekly with fu5 + avastin (bevacizumab). Cea is reliable, tested at start of tx.  Cea drops significantly with neulasta/neopogen tx following chemo.  Why?

Unclear question: Cea dropping is due to chemotherapy. It is a good sign, indicates chemo is working. Neupogen/neulasta are given to increase white cell counts. These are probably unnecessary if you are only taking f-5-fu based chemo. ...Read more

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I'm 8 days out from round 1 of chemo, had a neulasta (pegfilgrastim) shot day 2, took Claritin 2 days pre- through 3 days post- chemo, but now have severe bone pain?

I'm 8 days out from round 1 of chemo, had a neulasta (pegfilgrastim) shot day 2, took Claritin 2 days pre- through 3 days post- chemo, but now have severe bone pain?

Neulasta (pegfilgrastim): You don't mention what chemotherapy you are receiving, or why you are receiving it, however, Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) commonly causes bone pain for several days after it is injected. Talk to your oncologist or the nursing staff about this. ...Read more

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Is neulasta (pegfilgrastim) given to patients taking humira? I know humira patients have a higher risk of infections and since I'm a cancer survivor, just curious.

Is neulasta (pegfilgrastim) given to patients taking humira?   I know humira patients have a higher risk of infections and since I'm a cancer survivor, just curious.

No: Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) is for patients who lose their neutrophils (major component of white blood cells), due to radiation or chemotherapy mainly. Humira suppresses the immune system, to reduce inflammation, through other mechanisms not affecting neutrophil count ...Read more

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I have triple negative stage 3 breast cancer. Ac followed by t. Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) for ac....Is it routine to continue neulasta (pegfilgrastim) for t treatments?

I have triple negative stage 3 breast cancer. Ac followed by t. Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) for ac....Is it routine to continue neulasta (pegfilgrastim) for t treatments?

Neulasta (pegfilgrastim): For ac regimen dose dense (every 2 weeks, we recommend neulasta). After that i usually give Taxol (also called paclitaxel) weekly x 12 weeks and Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) is not used for weekly regimen. Some oncologists prefer Taxol every 3 weeks x 4 doses (big dose taxol), than it can be used. Weekly regimen have robust data and is well tolerated and we can avoid side effects of Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) (which can be rough). ...Read more

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What is a "medication HA"?

What is a "medication HA"?

I think: Medication headache....a type of frequent or daily headache. I'm not positive though. Need to see what the context the phrase was used. ...Read more

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What is best pain medication?

There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more

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I need a refill on my medication?

I need a refill on my medication?

So call your doc: This is the HT public information site.We are thousands of volunteer docs based primarily in the US who answer medical questions.We do not offer treatments. State medical boards require a physician/patient relationship,a retrievable record,recent exam with vital signs for prescribing.Failure to do so can lead to loss or restriction of license. It may seem minor to you but it is not. ...Read more

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I need refills on my medications?

Not here: For that you will likely need the prime service of healthtap. Easier to call your pop imo ...Read more

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Are expired medications effective?

Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more

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Which pain medication works better?

No answer: The best drug is the one that works with the lowest side effect incidence. That will change between patients. ...Read more

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Safest medication to take for pain?

ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isnt good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more