• Does Neulasta need for Taxol

    Asked by jewelhaque on Thursday, January 9, 2014

    Does Neulasta need for Taxol

    I would appreciate if you could share your experience, does Neulasta need while you are getting Taxol. My wife is having really trouble with muscle pain due to Neulasta and wondering whether she still needs Neulasta when go for Taxol which is next phase and will start shortly after her 4th AC.

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    • lilymadeline's Avatar

      Yes I agree the Neulasta shots are awful, but they are very important to boost your wifes immune system. They give them regularly now because before Neulasta was used chemo patients were commonly coming down with terrible life threatening infections and pneumonia. Chemo really zaps our immune systems and Neulasta helps repair them. But ask her oncologist about taking a couple of Tylenol and a Claritin along with the injection, sometimes that can counter act the feeling of being run over by a truck that we all get from Neulasta. ( those pills are used sometimes with Neulasta and Neupogen which I can't spell ) The pills have to be taken along with the injection by the way, they don't work as well if taken 20 minutes later. Of course talk to her oncologist about the Neulasta and ask him or her what can be done to counter act the awful side effects. Aleve might help as well, but I have to admit that I had to take real pain killers because of the pain. So talk to the oncologist about that option as well. I guess I am saying, please talk to her oncologist about this and let him or her know how important this is to you and your wife. Sometimes doctors try to brush the SE under the rug.....just saying not to let them do that! Take care and best wishes!

      about 7 years ago
    • jewelhaque's Avatar

      Thank you so much Lilymadeline sharing your experience ! Great suggestion, I will definitely talk to her Oncologist all the option to ease the side effects Neulasta.

      about 7 years ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar

      After 3 chemos and 3 neulasta shots I had a very high WBC. I requested to not have the shot on the 4th one and the onc. agreed. I am 3 days in from chemo and feel pretty good. No bad bone pain. Still very tired and achy but much better than with the shot. I always request a copy of my blood work every session, bring it home and compare it with the past ones.

      about 7 years ago
    • MMarie's Avatar

      I needed to have neulasta injections while I had taxol treatments. They told me it would be easier than AC, but it was much worse for me. I had to take prescription pain medication for the bone and muscle pain. They gave them to me 90 pills at a time.

      about 7 years ago
    • peachpoppy's Avatar

      I don't know if this is an option for her, but my doctor offered me the choice of doing 12 weekly taxol infusions instead of 4 every other week. This option is longer by 4 weeks but has some benefits.

      When doing the infusions weekly they use a smaller dose so it is supposed to be more tolerable (less fatigue, less up and down) and easier on your immune system - so no neulasta shot! I was also told that if you are prone to neuropathy this was a better way to see how you would tolerate the chemo and they could stop before too much damage was done, as opposed to giving a full dose and then not being able to take it back - hope that makes sense.

      Anyway, I did 12 weekly infusions and never had low WBC and never needed the shot and was ecstatic that I didn't have that terrible bone/joint/muscle/whatever it was pain. I did take neulasta when I was on AC and had pain starting with #2 then getting worse with each treatment. Claritin didn't help. I also had a very low WBC count on AC and had to move my infusions to every 3 weeks, instead of every two. But on Taxol I was fine for the weekly treatments every time. I'm very happy I chose this regimen. Neulasta was not good for me.

      Hope this helped. If your wife ends up still needing the nuelasta, then all she can do is take pain meds for the days it hurts.

      about 7 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      My chemo was part of a clinical trial so I got it the day after every chemo...luckily, I didn't experience the bone/muscle pain that some gals do.

      about 7 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar

      I was on Neulasta while taking Taxol.

      about 7 years ago
    • suz55's Avatar

      After my four AC, I was on 12 weekly Taxol treatments and didn't have to have the Neulasta shots. During the AC, I had tremendous bone pain after my first Neulasta shot. After that I took claritin and Aleve to counter the bone pain. I started taking both the morning before I got the shot and continued to take them for a few days following. The remaining 3 were much less painful. Best wishes and prayers!

      about 7 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I took Claritin (not Claritin D) day before, day of and day after Neulesta shot and I did not have any bone pain. It was one of the tips that I had gotten here on the WhatNext. I did not have Neulesta for Taxol. Best of luck to your wife.

      about 7 years ago
    • SandraK's Avatar

      From what I understand it's a big help in the body's fight to deal with chemo, no matter the chemo given. My onc has me taking Aleve and Claritin, or I can change it out and use Ibuprofen instead of the Aleve if I want. I hear that the Claritin, however strange it sounds, does make a definite difference in how much the Neulasta impacts the person. This time I took Ibuprofen on my 'bad' day. I could take the max Ibuprofen and time it for the time of day I needed it most, whereas the Aleve is time released and you have no control of it. I'm not sure if that really helped or if my body just wasn't as freaked out the 2nd time because it had already seen all of this once before. I hope your wife finds Taxol easier then the AC.

      about 7 years ago
    • Baker_Chic's Avatar

      I took claratin for achy body and it worked perfectly. After my first treatment my entire body ached for days. Took claratin two days before and a few days after the rest of my treatments and never ached at all.

      about 7 years ago
    • dmholt1957's Avatar

      Yes the Neulasta shots are horrible but they are important to boost your wife's immune system. While I taking the Taxol I didn't have to have the Neulasta shot and I took Taxol every week. Ask her oncologist if they suggest taking it or not because everybody is so different and let him or her know how strongly you feel about the side effects and hoe bad they are for her. If he or she doesn't want to listen then get a second opinion if it will make you feel more at ease. God bless and tell your wife I pray that the rest of her journey goes easy, smooth and quick for her.

      about 7 years ago
    • Bankerpat52's Avatar

      I was fortunate and never had the muscle pain from Neulasta, but during Taxol they told me I didn't need the Neulasta shot. The shot is to build up your white blood count. I did end up having the shot 1 time during Taxol since my white blood count went down to 600. I had the muscle and joint pain from the Taxol and 7 wks after finishing the 4 rounds I still have the pain. Good luck to you on your journey.

      about 7 years ago
    • bballmomma's Avatar

      I did not require Neulasta with my Taxol. Doctor said that side effect of Taxol include muscle/joint pain and adding Neulasta to that would be unbearable.

      about 7 years ago
    • jewelhaque's Avatar

      I greatly appreciate everyone for sharing your experience !! It is very helpful information, so we can take right decision. Feel better and get quickly cured.

      about 7 years ago
    • marybeth's Avatar

      I did continue to get the Neulasta with Taxol but it actually drove my WBC really high a couple of times. Don't know if I really needed it all that much.

      about 7 years ago
    • Giraffe's Avatar

      My Neulasta was after each Chemo. I never had pain from the shots.

      about 7 years ago
    • arcountrygirl's Avatar

      I have had 2 AC treatments with Neulasta and no joint pain. I take Claritin the day before chemo and for 3 days after because I read it repeatedly on this website. I could not believe I had no pain.I will be doing 12 weeks of taxol after AC and will not take Neulasta with that.

      about 7 years ago
    • Kats' Avatar

      I had to take Neuprogen throughout my chemo treatment including Taxol. I was told to take Claritn OTC daily to help with the bone pain. It really seemed to help. Maybe this would help.

      about 7 years ago
    • Karenhi's Avatar

      I went to HALF the neulasta dose during the 4 bi-weekly taxol doses (had taken full dose with the A/C that went first) and had no problem maintaining blood levels. Still no fun but...

      about 7 years ago
    • cheygrl's Avatar

      The Neulasta shot is rough, but she needs it. I took Claritin and pain meds and that managed the pain quite well.

      about 7 years ago

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