Neulasta plus Claritin

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Neulasta plus Claritin

Postby KElizabeth » Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:58 am

I had been on neupogen shots every other day besides infusion days for 8 months with marginal results. I was getting very tired of the frequent 45 minute trips to the hospital interrupting my work day. I convinced my doctor to let me try neulasta though he was worried it was too strong for what I needed. I was worried about bone pain but decided that would be tolerable if it gave me more time. My oncologist's nurse suggested I take Claritin on the day before and the day of injection to help prevent bone pain and so far I have not had any bone pain. I don't know if it's due to the Claritin but it's not hurting anything. Has anyone else tried this?
Female age 39- ,2 teens.
Colon Cancer - DX March 2013
Age 34 at DX - Stage III B
Resection surgery -May 2013
FOLFOX - June, 2013 to Sept, 2013
5FU plus leukavorin Sept, 2013 to Dec, 2013
METs liver and lungs discovered Sept, 2015
FOLFIRI plus Avastin - Sept, 2015 - July 2017
Durvalumab and Cediranib Sept 2017 Dec 17
FOLFOX with desensitization protocol - current

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Re: Neulasta plus Claritin

Postby BeansMama » Tue Jul 05, 2016 2:03 pm

I get Neulasta after every infusion due to low counts, the Claritin definitely helps!! I start taking it 24 hours prior to the Neulasta injection. Not sure if you are comfortable with it but I give myself the Neulasta injection 24 hours after the pump disconnect, that way I don't have to go back to the onc's office to get it. Neulasta also has an on body injector but it is twice the cost of just the shot. I was using that but my insurance company decided they wouldn't pay for it anymore.
41 yrs old
Tumor found 9/2015
Surgery 1 - 11/2015 LAR and colostomy
Surgery 2 - 11/2015 wound vac
Surgery 3 - 12/2015 revise resection, move colostomy
Mets to liver - tumor inoperable - one add'l met destroyed
Stage IVa (T3 N2a M1a)
Primary tumor 9 cm x 7.5 cm x 2 cm
Beginning Folfox 1/2016 - Failed
Beginning Folfiri and vectibix 8/2016 — Failed
Beginning Folfirinox + Avastin 11/2016 - Failed
Beginning Keytruda 1/2017
CEA drop from 345 to 7.3 after starting immunotherapy
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Re: Neulasta plus Claritin

Postby Soccermom2boys » Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:23 pm

I had to have Neulasta shots after four of my rounds of Folfox. Don't know the science behind it, but I too was told by the nurses at the infusion center to take Claritin or Zyrtec (which is what I already had at home so I used it instead). They said to take it the day of the shot plus for two days afterwards so that is what I always did. I never had any bone pain that I can recall so I guess it worked! How they determined that taking an allergy medicine to prevent bone pain from a chemo drug is beyond me, but hey, it works! :)
8/3/15 Went in with a hemorrhoid, came out with a tumor
8/12/15 Biopsy from colonoscopy confirms RC (45 yrs old--zero family history!)
9/21 - 10/29/15 chemorad 28 tx (with Xeloda)
12/17/15 APR with perm colostomy
Pathology report stages me as IIIA (T2N1M0)--1/15 LN detects cancer
2/3/16 chemo port inserted
2/8-6/2/16 8 rounds of Folfox

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