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Posted on: Jan 27, 2011 01:39PM

cblue715 wrote:

Can anyone tell me which Claritin is suppose to help with Neulasta pain?  Is it Claritin or Claritin-D and how often should I take it?

Dx 11/12/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Jan 27, 2011 01:52PM Blindsided wrote:

I don't know if it makes a difference, but I took Claritan and never had any neulasta pain after my 4 shots. I took it the day before my neulasta shot, and continued to take it once a day for about a week.   (unlike most people, my oncologist wanted my neulasta shot to be  2 days after chemo, and I also injected myself, which was actually very easy) 

I just finished 4 rounds of TC 3 weeks ago.  While many people complain of mouth sores and dry mouth from chemo, I had the reverse: hyper salivation, constant runny nose and constant post nasal drip, resulting in a constant hacking cough.  The claritan was a miracle cure for these problems too.  Good luck with your treatments, hopefully you will be pain free!

Dx 8/6/2010, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Jan 27, 2011 01:57PM Shrek4 wrote:

I tried regular Claritin and Claritin D. I understand they helped a lot of the ladies, but they didn't do a thing to help with the Neulasta pain. Neither did any of the mild OTC remedies. I ended up taking percocet for about three days after every Neulasta shot.

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Jan 27, 2011 01:58PM dlb823 wrote:

Regular Claritin -- not the D, which is for decongestant, which you don't need.  And I found Target's store brand worked just fine.    And as Blindsided said, be sure to take it before you get the shot, as well as after.  I took it about an hour before my shot and for two or three days following it.   Deanna

Deanna "The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears" Native American proverb Dx 2/1/2008, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/3/2014, Stage IV
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Feb 3, 2011 02:34AM PEKWD wrote:

What is Neulasta Pain?  I have only had one shot on Jan 26, 2011, but haven't had anything I think I should complain about.  What to expect?

PEKWD Dx 11/11/2010, DCIS, 2cm, Stage IIIA, 9/29 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Feb 3, 2011 03:20AM debbie6122 wrote:

Pekwd- i had the nuelasta shots every day for 5 days after each chemo which they did in my stomach it wasnt bad at all,  just tell then to warm it up and go slow when they put it in, i didnt feel it- its the pain you get later that night and for a few days after that was terrible for me, it was a painfull feeling going thru my back and chest and every part of my body, i know claritan did help some of the ladies here but not for me, i had to take pain pills it was the only thing that made it bareable, if your white and red blood counts dont go down and you have no problems with your blood work you may not even need it, sounds like you havint had any pain since your shot so maybe you will get lucky and sail right thru it- some woman dont need anything at all and if you do hopefully claritan will work for you but ask your dr for some pain pills incase the clairitan dosnt help I even thought i was having a heart attach and called the er she explained what the nuelasta and nuprgen does act like that on some but pretty sure you would of had pain by now you may not at all i hope not- Good luck with your treastment (((((((((hugs))))))))))))

masectomy, chemo, node positive Dx 12/20/2009, IDC, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Feb 3, 2011 03:59AM - edited Feb 3, 2011 04:03AM by riley702

The Neulasta stimulates the bone marrow, so can cause bone pain. Like the aches of flu, only worse. Claritin helped for me. I took it the day before, about an hour before the shot, and the day after. I also did the generic; I think Wal-Mart's. Also, some ladies got their Neulasta shots in their arms and it really hurt. It hurts less in a fleshy spot like your belly or butt, and they need to not push the med in fast, because it's thick and giving it fast hurts more.

Carolyn - 6 months neoadjuvant chemo (clinical trial), BMX and rads. Dx'd and treated as TN. After MX, I was informed my tumor was weakly ER+ after all (8%) Dx 1/26/2010, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Targeted Therapy 2/8/2010 Avastin (bevacizumab) Chemotherapy 2/8/2010 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel), Xeloda (capecitabine) Surgery 9/4/2010 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 10/18/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 12/13/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2010 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 8/7/2011 Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy 9/30/2011 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Feb 4, 2011 04:11PM Sherbear wrote:

I didn't do Neulasta, I was on 7 days of Neupogen instead due to insurance stuff (it's the same, but the Neulasta is only one shot after every chemo where I live).  Had headaches, backaches, and my thigh bones were killing me so I took constant epsom salts baths and a magnesium drink called natural calm or something like that.  Really helped.  Also, my throat was always sore and I felt ear-achy too.  I dreaded those shots, but they do work.

5/2010 IDC Stage 2 grade 2a, Oncotype 17, 3.3cm inside noncancerous 6cm mucinous tumour, ER+ 90%, PR+ 40%, Her2 neg, mastectomy followed by 4 rounds TC, and 30 rads.
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Feb 4, 2011 05:41PM bdavis wrote:

I had pain starting the evening of my Neulasta shot and it lasted all the next day... achy neck and shoulders and headache... I didn't take Claritin because I was already atking Allegra... shouldn't it work the same??

My pain was just the night of and the following day, and then was gone... and then two days later I had mild hip pain and a headache, and thats it... will have next shot next Thursday, so we'll see.

Betsy... 1.9cm tumor, micromet in SN, ER/PR+ 98% .. Had my BMX and Reconstruction in NOLA Dx 11/12/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 11, 2011 05:05PM mamie65 wrote:

I'm a newbie, just 4 days post first round of TC. Giving myself Neupogen shots every day for ten days. Thanks to wonderful input, I figured I'd better take Claritin to offset bone pain. Took one the night before, three hours before injection, and daily since, which I will continue as long as I'm taking Neupogen. Just have slight twinges that move around different bones so far. It's worth a try! 

Dx 10/29/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 12, 2011 08:11AM Hippiechick wrote:

I have had neulasta shots one day after each round of chemo.  I survived A/C and have 2 rounds of taxol left (next one is Tues) I agree with the other ladies that the pain post neulasta is severe.  They give me a claritin at the clinic before the taxol but I have not taken it at home. I usually end up in bed for 3 or 4 days after tx.  Oxycodone helps a bit but does not completely take the pain away. Sometimes I cry because the pain seems never-ending. I just want to be done with chemo.  Rads should be a breeze after this.  Hang in there, gals. 

May you be at peace; may you be free of suffering Dx 8/18/2010, IDC, 1cm, Grade 2, 4/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 12, 2011 10:48AM MarciaM wrote:

RE: Neulasta Pain and Migraines

Everytime I get a chemo I have to go in for the neulasta shot. As soon as I get it the horrible bone and muscle pain kicks in; but worst of all is the migraines from neulasta.  That has been really hard because they never end; going on for about a week. I have a prescription for migraine that I have to use round the clock as well as taking Codine 3 for the bone and muscle pain.

I don't like the shot but it would be devastating without it.

I use claritan every day and it never helped with any of this; sorry to say.

Marcia M Hormonal Therapy 5/19/2010 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 10/26/2010, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 7/14 nodes, ER+/PR- Dx 10/27/2010, IDC, 5cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 11/3/2010 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 1/2/2011 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Oct 2, 2012 04:41AM Kstillie wrote:

I've just had my 2nd Neulasta shot and have taken Claritin but still have pain. I'm also being horribly reminded that my heart races like crazy when I take Claritin (not to mention the steroids probably contributing to that). I think I'll stick with the pain meds for the few days after the shot. We'll see how next tx goes. Do you get the shot with Taxol as well???

Surgery 7/17/2012 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 7/18/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/13/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 3/21/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 11/10/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes
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Dec 30, 2012 08:16AM volleymom77 wrote:

Zyrtec vs Claritin does it matter which one. I have taken Zyrtec for my allergies, however when I took Claritin before cancer it made me ache, so I don't know what to do? Please advice needed.

Dx 11/15/2012, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 12/6/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Dec 30, 2012 08:42AM SpecialK wrote:

Claritin (loratidine) is the only drug that has been studied, but all allergy meds contain antihistamine, so not sure.  I think it is important to take it an hour before the injection and to continue for several days.  If you have SE from the Claritin, or it does not prevent the pain, Aleve seems to be the best OTC med for pain relief.

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 13 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3 Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+

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