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Generic: pegfilgrastim
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It is used to prevent infection in people with low amounts of white blood cells following cancer treatment
               



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What is this medicine?

PEGFILGRASTIM (peg fil GRA stim) helps the body make more white blood cells. It is used to prevent infection in people with low amounts of white blood cells following cancer treatment.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • sickle cell disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to pegfilgrastim, filgrastim, E.coli protein, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection under the skin. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

If you get this medicine at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Do not shake this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children who weigh more than 45 kg for selected conditions, precautions do apply

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • lithium
  • medicines for growth therapy

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor for regular check ups. You will need important blood work done while you are taking this medicine.

               
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