Information about Filgrastim

Filgrastim Uses

Filgrastim is used to prevent infections after chemotherapy.

How Filgrastim works

Filgrastim is a growth factor that stimulates the bone marrow to produce white blood cells. These cells protect the body against infections. .

Common side effects of Filgrastim

Bone pain, Weakness, Headache, Rash, Nausea, Increased lactate dehydrogenase level in blood, Vomiting, Increased uric acid level in blood, Oropharyngeal pain, Hair loss, Fatigue, Diarrhea, Constipation, Decreased appetite, Cough, Breathing problems
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Expert advice for Filgrastim

  • Filgrastim reduces the risk of infection in people treated with chemotherapy.
  • It is usually given as a daily injection into the tissue just under the skin or into the vein. 
  • You will normally receive your first dose at least 24 hours after your chemotherapy or bone marrow transplant.
  • Store it in the refrigerator, protect it from light, and don't shake it.
  • For a more comfortable injection, leave the syringe at room temperature for 30 minutes before using it.
  • Pain or redness in the area of injection is common. Let your doctor know if you notice a lump, swelling, or bruising that doesn't go away.
  • Use caution while driving or doing anything that requires concentration as Filgrastim may cause dizziness.
  • Your doctor may get regular tests done to monitor the number of blood cells in your blood, and your bone density level while you are receiving treatment with this medicine.
  • Stop taking Filgrastim and inform your doctor if you have a fever, shortness of breath, fast rate of breathing or trouble breathing.

Frequently asked questions for Filgrastim

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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.

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