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When and How to Take Neupogen

General considerations for when and how to take Neupogen include the following:
  • The medication comes as an injection that can be given just under the skin or by IV.
  • Neupogen is usually given daily for a specific period of time or until your neutrophil levels increase, depending on the particular use. For severe chronic neutropenia, the medication is given continually on a daily basis.
  • Neupogen should not be taken within 24 hours before or after chemotherapy or bone marrow transplantation.
  • If you feel comfortable doing so, you (or a caregiver) may administer the injections just under the skin. If you would prefer, your healthcare provider can give the injection.
  • In some situations, Neupogen may be given as a continuous infusion just under the skin. This is like an around-the-clock IV, except it goes just under the skin, not into a vein.
  • Never shake Neupogen, as it is a delicate molecule that could be damaged by shaking.
  • You will need regular blood tests during treatment to see if the drug is working.
  • If you choose to give the injections yourself, make sure you know exactly how to inject Neupogen.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.

Dosing Information

The dose of Neupogen your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your weight
  • How you respond to the drug
  • The condition being treated
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Neupogen Dosage for more information.)
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