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Pegfilgrastim

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Colony Stimulating Factor Neulasta® Cancer-related

Pegfilgrastim - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Pegfilgrastim cause?

  • Mild to moderate bone and/or muscle pain
    May be relieved by taking paracetamol.
  • Flu-like syndrome e.g. fever, chills, headache, body aches
    Usually occurs at start of treatment. Maintain hydration, drink lots of fluids and take paracetamol if necessary.
  • Headache
  • Mild skin rash may occur
    More common in patients with history of sensitive skin.
  • Pain and redness at injection site

Inform your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Fever of 38°C or higher
  • Sores in the mouth and throat
  • Chest pain and rapid irregular heartbeat
  • Severe bone and/or muscle pain
  • Allergic reaction e.g. rash, itch, swelling, dizziness and breathing difficulties

Before taking Pegfilgrastim, what precautions must I follow?

  • Inform your doctor if you:
    • Plan to get or suspect that you are pregnant
    • Intend to breastfeed

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Pegfilgrastim?

Pegfilgrastim - Additional Information

  • Updated on Friday, September 29, 2017
  • Article contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore

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