I am taking a very small amount of neupogen. I paid thousands for it as insurance would not cover. Why am I only able to use one dose and have to toss the leftover medication in the vial away?
Its because they come in single dose vials. There is no preservative or anything to stop bacteria growth. There is the chance that once its opened it could have some bacterial growth. Not something you need with a low white count. Go here www.amgenassist.com/index.jsp and see if you can get help paying for it. The manufacturer has an assistance program.
They are only for a single dose. They must be Refrigerated between 36-46 degrees F (2-8 degrees C). It goes bad quickly if left out especially in direct sunlight and is very warm and has discoloration it has gone bad. Out of the fridge it is only "stable" at the max of 24 hrs. NEVER shake the vials or pre-loaded syringes they will be less likely to work... also, it goes by height and weight for the most part of how much you take... unless your WBC is higher than it needs to be- you will stay on the dosage given... at time when WBC is still too low you may be put on a dose 2x daily. Having many blood tests to see progress... Please do not reuse needles! I constantly gave the speeches to my family and patients just using finger sticks for diabetes... Even though, it's your own needle and blood it still has bacteria&may cause and infection from dirty needles... that is why I like the one use only needles preventing people from reuse... ok, I'm done with that... :o)
If you have any more questions or I have made my reply unclear please let me know!
I hope you are feeling better soon, take care God Bless!
- Neupogen Information for Consumers
- Neupogen Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Neupogen (detailed)
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