• What are the side effects for Neupogen shots?, My white blood count is low.

    Asked by cris on Tuesday, December 11, 2012

    What are the side effects for Neupogen shots?, My white blood count is low.

    Doctor wants to give three shots next week if blood count still low & I want to be ok for xmas.

    14 Answers from the Community

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Body aches are the most common side effects. Hated this shot but it usually works pretty well. Now that I've said this we'll start seeing responses from thoses who say it didn't work for them...lol.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      Well, if you are planning on visiting, or being visited by, family, particularly kids, you might want to consider the effects on your health of not getting the shots. White blood cells are an important part of your immune system and kids, as much as we love them, are germ factories.

      almost 8 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      I did not suffer any side effects from the Neupogen shots. These are some of the possible side effects:

      diarrhea, constipation;

      bone pain;

      muscle aches;

      hair loss;

      headache, tired feeling;

      mild skin rash; or

      itching, swelling, or redness where the medicine was injected.

      almost 8 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      My dad has had both Neulasta and Neupogen shots. The side effects were similar with both. He described it as "bone pain." That was all for him, just aches and pains.

      The main difference between Neulasta and Neupogen is that Neupogen requires more injections and does not last as long. Neulasta lasts longer with one shot, however you must be able to take it at least 14 days before your next chemo treatment. In 2010, the amount billed for a single shot of Neulasta was over $8,000. He had four shots over the course of his chemotherapy for his first lung cancer. How about over $32,000 for just one drug. Insane?

      Because Neupogen shots are more frequent, they sometimes have you give yourself the injections at home so you don't have to drive so far every time if you live far from your treatment center. If that's the case for you, make sure you check with your insurance to see if self-administered injections at home are covered the same as they are when you get them at a cancer center. My aunt was surprised at the pharmacy with a charge for thousands of dollars when she was receiving the injections.

      almost 8 years ago
    • aliasismo's Avatar

      My doctor told me it might feel like someone was kicking me in my lower back, and he was right! I experienced pretty intense pain for exactly an hour a few days after I got the first shot. After that I didn't have any pain. After my first round of chemo I had Neulasta shots instead, and didn't have any side effects. I followed a suggestion I had read about online - I took a Claritin tablet for about 6 days starting on the day of the shot.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      I had mild bone aches. What bothered me the most was administering them as my stomach area was quite sore (for me administering there was easier than say on my thighs).
      I can't say enough good things about Neupogen. I never got an infection, I didn't develop mouth sores. And thanks to that my chemo was given on schedule, which in turn makes it more effective (not to mention you get to complete treatment when you were old, happy happy joy joy). I think Neulasta is only administered once every two weeks, but I'm guessing you'd have on be on even a stronger chemo than I was, plus the side effect of bone ache on thy one must be a real b.

      almost 8 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      I had some heavy-duty body aches for a few days, and the shot itself is uncomfortable, but that was it. Check insurance coverage, as mine did not cover Neulasta. Neulasta is less frequent, but you can't be getting chemo right away with that, as it increases production of stem cells and if you get chemo, you will destroy more of them because chemo destroys good cells, too. With the Neupogen you get more shots, but you can get chemo shortly after, too. Best of luck on your journey. Keep us posted!

      almost 8 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Cris, hello I am an oncology nurse and the most common side effect is flu-like body pains. The drugs producers recommend Claritin to be taken the day before the injection and for 6 days after. If you do that you will bypass that achy pain. Good luck, Carm.

      almost 8 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      i've heard the clariton works really well....
      neupogen - i didn't really have many side effects that i was aware of, but it sure kicked my counts up!
      neulasta - i had horrible sternum pain... like someone kicked me in the sternum. only felt better when i was MOVING! as soon as i stopped moving, it would get super painful.
      good luck!
      i hope you are okay for xmas!

      almost 8 years ago
    • Loafer's Avatar

      While the shot has side effects, I flew on a plane with coughing passengers, and did not get sick. It's well worth it!!

      almost 8 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      I didn't have a ton of bone pain, but there was definitely a difference in my level of discomfort depending on which nurse gave me the shot. The good one held the shrink wrapped syringe under her arm to warm it up and then pushed it really slowly. I could hardly feel it. Cold and quick=ouch!

      almost 8 years ago
    • Snooks' Avatar

      As far as I know, there are no side effects of Neupogen. I had to take the shots for seven days after each treatment and experienced no problems. However, despite taking the shots, I had to be hospitalized three times during treatment due to my white blood cell count being extremely low. So, I'm not sure if the shots did any good.

      almost 8 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      The shots did work well for me, but it did cause me to have bone pain.
      The nurse told me I would have some discomfort, and I was in a LOT of pain in my pelvic bone. Oddly enough, with each shot, the pain headed down so the next time my knees hurt, then my legs, and my feet. When I asked about this, they said it was normal, and that unfortunatly it meant that the shots were working.

      almost 8 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I have been lucky, I have not had any any major side effects from neuporgen. The site of the injection is a bit sore for a few hours, and I have mild leg pain, which feels like charlie horse.

      almost 8 years ago

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