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Neulasta Uses

How Does Neulasta Work?

Neulasta belongs to a group of medications called granulocyte colony-stimulating factors. Colony-stimulating factors bind to stem cells in the bone marrow, stimulating the production of blood cells. Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) is a naturally occurring chemical in the body that stimulates the production of neutrophils. Neulasta is a synthetic version of G-CSF attached to another molecule designed to make it stay in the body longer. This means that it needs to be injected only once per chemotherapy cycle. Neulasta binds to stem cells and stimulates the production of neutrophils, helping to decrease the risk of infection.

Neulasta Uses in Children

Neulasta is not approved to prevent infections in children or adolescents. Additionally, Neulasta only comes in one strength (6 mg), which is too much for children or adolescents weighing less than 99 pounds. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Neulasta in children or adolescents.

Off-Label Neulasta Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Neulasta for something other than the prevention of infections due to chemotherapy. At this time, there are no universally accepted Neulasta off-label uses. Neupogen® (filgrastim), a short-acting version of Neulasta, is approved for treating neutropenia due to other causes and to aid in collecting stem cells for transplantation. Neulasta is not approved for such uses.
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