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Pegfilgrastim Dosing

If you are prescribed pegfilgrastim, dosing is the same for all adults regardless of your age or kidney or liver function. The recommended dosage is 6 mg injected once per chemotherapy cycle. It is generally given on the day after chemotherapy, more than 24 hours after the chemotherapy session. If you are comfortable with giving yourself your pegfilgrastim dose, you can administer the injections yourself.

Pegfilgrastim Dosage: An Introduction

There is only one recommended dose of pegfilgrastim (Neulasta®) for adults, regardless of your age, liver function, or kidney function. As is always the case, do not adjust your pegfilgrastim dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 

Pegfilgrastim Dosing for Preventing Infections

The recommended pegfilgrastim dose for preventing infections due to chemotherapy is 6 mg injected just under the skin once per chemotherapy cycle. Pegfilgrastim should not be given any time within two weeks before chemotherapy until 24 hours after chemotherapy. It is usually given on the day after chemotherapy (more than 24 hours afterwards).
 
Pegfilgrastim comes only in the 6 mg dosage, which is too high for children and adolescents weighing less than 99 pounds.
 

General Pegfilgrastim Dosage Information

Considerations for people taking pegfilgrastim include the following:
 
  • Pegfilgrastim comes as an injection that is given under the skin. It is given once per chemotherapy cycle.
     
  • If you feel comfortable doing so, you may give yourself pegfilgrastim injections. If you would prefer, your healthcare provider can give the injection.
     
  • Never shake pegfilgrastim, as it is a delicate molecule that could be damaged by shaking.
     
  • You will need regular blood tests while taking pegfilgrastim to see if the drug is working.
     
  • If you choose to give the injections yourself, make sure you know exactly how to inject pegfilgrastim.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
     
  • If you are unsure about anything related to pegfilgrastim or your pegfilgrastim dosage, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without discussing it with your healthcare provider.
     
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