• Reactions to Neulasta

    Asked by suesfineart on Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    Reactions to Neulasta

    Just went through the most excruciating pain ever. Lasted a half hour. Went to ER where it quit. Took a Claritin as it began, then two extra strength Tylenols...

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    • Coconut's Avatar
      Coconut

      I hope you are feeling better now. Did it happen because you took the Claritin and the two taylenols tablets which didn't go well with neulasta? I have no knowledge of neulasta but I wish you have already cleared the issue. Best of luck.

      almost 3 years ago
    • Debbie's Avatar
      Debbie

      Oh how I remember the Neulasta effects. Just awful. My doc had me start prescription pain meds, 2 every 4 hours, beginning on shot day. Heating pads on the legs helped as well.

      almost 3 years ago
    • msesq's Avatar
      msesq

      Take the Claritin before the Neulasta and keep taking it until the pain goes away. I'd get my shot day one, on day 2 precisely at 5 pm I'd get the bone crushing pain you are experiencing all the way through day 3. Day 4 I'd wake up feeling fine and wondering if I'd imagined the past 2 days of XXX. I end
      Fed up taking prescription Rx on day 3 to make it through the day, Tylenol just didn't help. The good news was my white count was high enough for me to work and be out and about for two weeks in my three week chemo schedule. In my opinion the side effects of the chemo paled by comparison to Neulasta. Good luck

      almost 3 years ago
    • suz55's Avatar
      suz55

      The pain from my first Neulasta shot was awful, too, because it didn't hit until 5 days later and I had stopped taking anything for it. After that, I took Claritin and Aleve the morning of the shot and continued for 4 or 5 days. For the most part, this plan worked well. Good luck to you as you complete your treatment plan!

      almost 3 years ago
    • Jbuller's Avatar
      Jbuller

      I actually had to start Claritin the day before the injection and the next 5 to help with the pain. This really worked ok for me. The first round I started the Claritin the day of the injection and had horrible pain about day 3 - 5. Taking one day earlier was the fix. Worth it, yes. By day 10 my blood counts were excellent. Good luck.

      almost 3 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar
      HeidiJo

      When I received the first shot of Neulasta, the nurse told me I would have some discomfort. That night, the pain was so bad, that I thought something was wrong. So I called the next day, and they said " yeah, that is typical" The nurse said that unfortunately that meant that the shot was working. Uggghhh!!. Nothing really helped me. I found that ice worked better than heat. Heat seemed to make it worse. And oddly enough the pain started in my pelvic bone with the first shot, and moved down my legs progressively with each shot!

      almost 3 years ago
    • akwendi's Avatar
      akwendi

      I feel your pain! My first chemo I didn't take claritin and it was horrible. After that I started taking 1 claritin 2 days before chemo and continued for about 3 days after. The rest of the chemos went smoothly. Hang in there. I was told that each chemo go worse, but it actually worked in reverse for me. Hope for the best! My prayers are with you.

      almost 3 years ago
    • jackieg's Avatar
      jackieg

      Neulasta, my worst enemy. I hated those injections. My doctor told me, after I had my first shot, that 7-10 after I would have some pain, but he forgot to tell me how much pain. I have had a lot of people tell me that the Claritin works for them, but it did not. I had to take Oxycontin to get rid of it. I can tell you that I could count on 7-10 days, like clockwork, I would be in pain and it would last for 7 days, no more, no less. Each month the pain would be a little less severe. Besides the oxycontin, my heating pad became my best friend. I hope you do not have any more problems with it but if you do keep your heating pad handy, it works.

      almost 3 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      My chemo nurse told me to take 10 mg Claritin (regular, not D) and 2 tabs Tylenol (350 or 500 mg, doesn't matter) on the day of chemo and for 4-5 days thereafter. In other words, start taking Claritin and Tylenol the day before the Neulasta shot. I felt a bit flu-ish after the first shot, but otherwise was fine. And like @akwendi, my chemo affected me "in reverse" for the most part. Wishing you relief.

      almost 3 years ago
    • suesfineart's Avatar
      suesfineart

      The Claritin and Tylenol made the pain go away, I'm pretty sure.

      almost 3 years ago
    • suesfineart's Avatar
      suesfineart

      How do I reply to one specific question..and another question I posted is gone...having trouble with this forum...

      almost 3 years ago
    • Jesse0218's Avatar
      Jesse0218

      What is Neulasta for anyway? I said 'no' to chemo and didn't have to go through all this too.

      almost 3 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      @Jesse0218, Neulasta helps to restore the body's immunity, which chemo knocks down. It does this by speeding up the generation of white blood cells in bone marrow, and that sped-up generation causes bone pain. But without Neulasta, the body is far more prone to infection.

      almost 3 years ago
    • Whitey61's Avatar
      Whitey61

      Goes to show how everyone is so different in their reaction to therapies..My first cycle of chemo last year put me in Hosp intensive care for 4 days , didn't get a Neulasta injection for that first round , but every 3 week cycle after that, never had any bone pain or side effects from it, was given Claritan and Tylenol just in case but never needed it...And yes Neulasta assists your bone marrow to harvest new white blood cells after being killed off by chemotherapy.

      almost 3 years ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar
      Skyemberr

      My doctor wouldn't use Neulasta on me during FOLFOX, because he says that protocol hadn't been developed with Neulasta in the mix. I'm wishing I'd had it because I got some very nasty infections and was neutropenic. I had bad bone pain in my legs and pelvis, but at least if they'd given me Neulasta maybe I'd have had better advice on how to manage that pain, and less crazy infections. I was jealous of the people that could have it even though I know that taking it can cause such misery. Maybe Neulasta 2.0 won't cause the horrendous bone pain. That would be nice.

      almost 3 years ago
    • rene2's Avatar
      rene2

      The nurses at the chemo center where I got my treatments told me about the Claritin and they were right. I just took it every day along with my other meds and then I took Ibuprofen along with it in the days after the shot. I initially forgot about the Claritin and remembered it after the first day of the shooting pains down my back and legs. I'm so glad it worked, because that was awful!

      almost 3 years ago
    • KristaSchnee's Avatar
      KristaSchnee

      I'm so sorry to hear about what you went through. Yes, the pain from Neulasta can be excruciating. They didn't have that drug during my first cancer diagnosis, and so I wasn't aware of its possible side effects. After that first chemo dose and Neulasta, I just stayed on Clairitin throughout my treatment, just to be extra sure that I didn't have to go through the full effects of the Neulasta pain again.

      almost 3 years ago

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