What to expect with STIMUFEND® (pegfilgrastim-fpgk)

Common side effects

The most common side effect associated with STIMUFEND is pain in the bones, arms, and legs. These are not all the possible side effects with STIMUFEND. Talk to your healthcare provider about managing bone pain and any other side effects.

Be sure to review the Patient Information for additional information on other side effects.

Important things to remember during treatment
  • Apply a warm compress if you experience pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site, and contact your healthcare provider
  • Ask your healthcare provider whether you can take a mild pain medicine, such as acetaminophen, for bone pain
  • Bone pain that persists despite taking a recommended pain reliever requires medical attention. Notify your healthcare provider immediately if bone pain lasts for 24 hours
  • Tell your healthcare provider about symptoms or side effects, so they can help you manage the problem

When should I call my healthcare provider?

If you have a fever of 100.4°F or higher, call your healthcare provider or 911 immediately. Having a fever could be a sign of febrile neutropenia (fever with low white blood cell count). In addition, let your healthcare provider know about any new skin rashes or if you have bleeding that does not stop.

Look out for other signs of infections
  • Sore throat
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Pus or yellowish discharge
  • Abdominal (belly) pain
  • Burning or pain when urinating
  • Sores or white patches in the mouth

While this information is intended as a guide, always follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider.

What role can I play in reducing the risk of infections?

If you are receiving chemotherapy as cancer treatment, it is very important to take care of yourself in order to help reduce the risk of infection. The following tips may help you prevent an infection from occurring.

Lifestyle tips
Washing your hands often is the single most important thing you can do (if you do not have soap handy, carry hand sanitizer)
Avoid large crowds because they may include people who are ill
Consider wearing a face mask in public
Use lotion to help prevent dry skin and cracking
Be careful about cuts and scrapes that can lead to infection
Cover any cuts and scrapes with clean bandages until they heal
Cook food thoroughly to kill infection-causing bacteria that may be in raw food