Pegfilgrastim is a man-made form of a protein that stimulates the growth of white blood cells in your body. White blood cells help your body fight against infection.

Pegfilgrastim is used to prevent neutropenia (a lack of certain white blood cells) that is caused by receiving chemotherapy.

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  • Neulasta, Neulasta Delivery Kit
  • More common
    Chills
    cough
    fever
    sore throat
    ulcers, sores, or white spots in the mouth
    Rare
    Bluish lips or skin
    pain, left upper abdomen or shoulder
    tightness in the chest
    troubled breathing
    Incidence not known
    Bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of the skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at the injection site
    difficulty with swallowing
    dizziness
    fast heartbeat
    flushing or redness of the skin
    hives or welts or skin rash
    itching, puffiness, or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
    large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
    sores on the skin
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    unusually warm skin
    Some pegfilgrastim side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

    More common
    Acid or sour stomach
    belching
    bone pain
    change in sense of taste
    constipation
    cracked lips
    diarrhea
    hair loss or thinning of the hair
    headache
    heartburn
    indigestion
    joint pain
    lack or loss of strength
    loss of appetite
    muscle soreness
    nausea
    stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
    swelling of the hands, ankles, feet, or lower legs
    swelling or inflammation of the mouth
    trouble sleeping
    vomiting
    weakness, generalized
    weight loss
  • (subcutaneous solution)