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Generic: filgrastim
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This medicine is given to patients with conditions that may cause a decrease in white blood cells, like those receiving certain types of chemotherapy or bone marrow transplant
               



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What if I miss a dose?

Try not to miss doses. If you miss a dose take the dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, do not take double doses unless told to by your doctor or health care professional.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • lithium
  • medicines for cancer chemotherapy

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress.

If you get a fever or any sign of infection while you are using this medicine, do not treat yourself. Check with your doctor or health care professional.

Bone pain can usually be relieved by mild pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Check with your doctor or health care professional before taking these medicines as they may hide a fever. Call your doctor or health care professional if the aches and pains are severe or do not go away.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • difficulty breathing, wheezing
  • fever
  • pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site
  • stomach or side pain, or pain at the shoulder

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • bone pain (ribs, lower back, breast bone)
  • headache
  • skin rash

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store in a refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F). Do not freeze or leave in direct sunlight. If vials or syringes are left out of the refrigerator for more than 24 hours, they must be thrown away. Throw away unused vials after the expiration date on the carton.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

               
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