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Filgrastim

INFORMATION

Uses

Filgrastim is used to prevent infections after chemotherapy.

How it works

Filgrastim belongs to class of medication called as colony-stimulating factors. They act by stimulating the bone marrow (organ in the body where blood cells are produced) to increase the production of specific types of blood cells called neutrophils that help fight infections. 

Common side effects

Decreased urination, Abdominal pain, Allergic reaction, Itching, Facial swelling, Redness of skin, Hives, Muscle pain, Joint pain, Bruise, Bleeding, Dizziness, Shortness of breath, Fatigue, Skin rash, Fever, Headache, Injection site mass, Injection site itching, Nose bleed, Nose pain, Sore throat, Wheezing, Weakness

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Expert advice

  • Do not take filgrastim tablet, if you are allergic to filgrastim or any of the ingredients of the medicine.
  • Do not take filgrastim, if you have osteoporosis (weak and fragile bones due to loss of calcium),suffering from any infection, cough, fever and difficulty breathing, sickle cell disease (an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells), left upper abdominal pain or pain at the tip of your shoulder.
  • You will have to do regular blood tests whilst to count the number of neutrophils and other white blood cells. This will tell your doctor how the treatment is working and will also indicate if treatment needs to be continued.
  • The needle cover of the pre-filled syringe contains dry natural rubber (a derivative of latex) which may cause an allergic reaction.
  • If you are injecting yourself, inject into the tissue just under the skin. This is known as a subcutaneous injection. Your doctor will instruct you regarding the same. You can inject subcutaneously in the upper part of your thigh, or the sides of the abdomen. If someone else is injecting you, they can also use the back of your arms.
  • Change the injection site every day to avoid soreness at one site.
  • Filgrastim can cause fatigue and, therefore, caution has to be taken before operating an automobile or machinery.

Frequently asked questions

Filgrastim

Q.Is filgrastim safe?
Filgrastim is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

Q.What is filgrastim/filgrastim neuopagen?
Neupogen is the brand name of filgrastim. Filgrastim belongs to class of medication called as colony-stimulating factors

Q.How does it work?
They act by stimulating the bone marrow (organ in the body where blood cells are produced) to increase the production of specific types of blood cells called neutrophils that help fight infections

Q.What are the uses of filgrastim?
Filgrastim is used during cancer treatment (chemotherapy), bone marrow transplantation, severe chronic neutropenia (low number of a type of white blood cells called neutrophils), neutropenia in patients with HIV infection, and before stem cell donation

Q.Is filgrastim a steroid/antibiotic?
No, filgrastim belongs to class of medication called as colony-stimulating factors

Q.Is filgrastim FDA approved?
Yes, it has been approved by FDA for used during cancer treatment (chemotherapy), bone marrow transplantation, severe chronic neutropenia (low number of a type of white blood cells called neutrophils), neutropenia in patients with HIV infection, and before stem cell donation

Q.Does filgrastim cause cancer?
No, filgrastim does not cause cancer

Q.Why does filgrastim cause bone pain?
The exact cause in unknown, but bone pain is a common side-effect of filgrastim.


Content on this page was last updated on 15 October, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)