Claritin to help with Neupogen side effects?

MaxRudy
MaxRudy Member Posts: 56
I noticed that one or two of you mentioned taking Claritin the day of your neupogen shots....I assume this abates some of the side effects. Can someone verify/deny this? I'm in treatment and have had to take the neupogen shots from the get go (4 each chemo session). I am getting increased bone/joint pain which I attribute to these shots. Would the claritin help? Thanks for any info. Melanie

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  • lulu1010
    lulu1010 Member Posts: 367
    Does anyone know....
    I am done with chemo but still have the joint and bone pains. Would Clariten help with that at this stage?....just wondering!
  • vj1
    vj1 Member Posts: 150
    lulu1010 said:

    Does anyone know....
    I am done with chemo but still have the joint and bone pains. Would Clariten help with that at this stage?....just wondering!

    Clariten
    I was told to take a clariten tablet the morning of the day I receive my neulasta injection. This injection is given the day after my chemo. I did this the first round of chemo and it did make the headaches lessen; this round it seems to be helping more. Have not had the joint aches but I do take turmeric tablets on a regular basis and that does help that problem. Hope this info helps.

    Verna
  • Tethys41
    Tethys41 Member Posts: 1,376 Member
    vj1 said:

    Clariten
    I was told to take a clariten tablet the morning of the day I receive my neulasta injection. This injection is given the day after my chemo. I did this the first round of chemo and it did make the headaches lessen; this round it seems to be helping more. Have not had the joint aches but I do take turmeric tablets on a regular basis and that does help that problem. Hope this info helps.

    Verna

    Turmeric
    Verna,
    Turmeric is great!!! It really helps with inflammation. You may already know this, but if you are on chemo right now, you should discontinue taking it for a couple of days before and after treatment.
  • TeaLurker
    TeaLurker Member Posts: 15
    One Neulasta so far, Doc said use Claritin
    The printed Neulasta information sheet from my medical oncologist instructed me to take the 24-hour Claritin before the injection, and then once daily for 7 days. So I did, and I can report that I had NO pain. Of course, maybe I wouldn't have had any without the Claritin, but I didn't care to test that "the hard way". Caveat: I've had only one Neulasta injection so far.