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Medication information

Neupogen 480mcg/1.6mL injectable

This medication is typically used for a deficiency in white blood cells. It may also be used for a bone marrow transplant, as well as for other uses. It requires several days to take effect.

Instructions

This product must be injected under the skin (subcutaneously), according to the technique you were shown. Be sure to choose a different injection site each time.

This medication is typically used only once a day. However, your doctor or pharmacist may have suggested a different schedule that is more appropriate for you. Generally, a treatment with this medication lasts several days. Use it for the entire time prescribed in order to achieve the medication's full benefit.

Important: Follow the instructions on the label. Do not use more of this product, or more often, than prescribed. Dispose of used syringes and needles safely. Your pharmacist can tell you the best way to do this.

Side effects

In addition to its desired action, this medication may cause some side effects, notably:

  • it may cause joint pain;
  • it may cause bone pain;
  • it may cause redness and swelling at the injection site;
  • it may cause nosebleeds.

Each person may react differently to a treatment. If you think this medication may be causing side effects (including those described here, or others), talk to your doctor or pharmacist. He or she can help you to determine whether or not the medication is the source of the problem.

Storage

Keep this product in the refrigerator and do not allow it to freeze. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed of safely.

Additional Information

Some of the side effects listed above (such as headaches and flu-like symptoms) can be treated with acetaminophen. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to see whether acetaminophen is a suitable treatment for your symptoms.

A treatment with this medication requires regular monitoring by a doctor. Be sure to see your doctor for all regularly scheduled appointments.

General notes

When meeting with any health professional, it is important for you to share the following information:

  • Your medical history and allergies (medication, food, or other);
  • If you smoke, are pregnant, are planning a pregnancy, or are breastfeeding;
  • The names of all the medications you take, whether you take them regularly or once in a while, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and natural health products.


It is also strongly recommended that you keep an up-to-date list of all the medications you take and carry it with you at all times. This could be useful if you have to see a health professional or need emergency care.

Keep all your medications out of the reach of children and pets and return any unused or expired medications to the pharmacy for proper disposal.