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Manufactured by various FDA-approved generic manufacturers.

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Updated on 24 Apr 2024

Learn more about filgrastim

What dosages is filgrastim available in?

What dosages is filgrastim available in?

filgrastim is available as a 300 mcg/mL or 480 mcg/1.6 mL single-dose vial and a 300 mcg/0.5 mL or 480 mcg/0.8 mL single-dose prefilled syringe.

What is filgrastim used for?

What is filgrastim used for?

filgrastim is a colony-stimulating factor and is used for the following:

Prevention of low neutrophil-related complications in:

  • People getting bone marrow-suppressing chemotherapy
  • People with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) after induction or consolidation chemotherapy
  • People with cancer who received bone marrow transplants
  • People with severe, long-term neutropenia (low neutrophils)
  • Preparation for blood collection for your own stem cell transplant (filgrastim, Nivestym, and Zarxio only)
  • Increase survival in people exposed to bone marrow-suppressing radiation (filgrastim only)
How does filgrastim work?

How does filgrastim work?

filgrastim is a granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF). It works like the G-CSF protein that you naturally have in your body. G-CSF stimulates (triggers) your bone marrow to make neutrophils, a type of white blood cell that helps your body fight infections.

How do I take filgrastim?

How do I take filgrastim?

Your dose depends on your weight, your blood cell counts, and the condition you’re taking the medication for. In general, the typical starting dose is 5 mcg/kg to 10 mcg/kg of body weight per day. It’s given once or twice per day, depending on why you’re taking it. filgrastim is given as an injection under the skin (subcutaneously) or an injection through the veins (intravenously, IV).

Is it safe for me to take filgrastim?

Is it safe for me to take filgrastim?

filgrastim is a safe and effective treatment when used for FDA licensed indications. However, like all medications, they may give you unwanted side effects. You should always discuss potential side effects with your physician to ensure the medication is suitable and right for you. You should not use this medication if you have a history of serious allergic reactions to human granulocyte colony-stimulating factors such as filgrastim or pegfilgrastim.

filgrastim Common Side Effects

filgrastim Common Side Effects

Common side effects of filgrastim:

  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Low platelets
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Dizziness
  • Cough
  • Rash
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
filgrastim Serious Side Effects

filgrastim Serious Side Effects

Serious side effects are rare with filgrastim. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any of the following.

  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Ruptured spleen: pain in your left upper stomach or shoulder
  • Kidney damage: swelling of face or ankles, dark colored urine, blood in urine, urinating less
  • Low platelet count: easy bruising, longer bleeding time, blood in urine or stools
  • Serious allergic reaction: rash, face swelling, shortness of breath, fast heart rate
Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on filgrastim

Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on filgrastim

There are no major drug interactions listed for filgrastim. However, always let your physician and pharmacist know about any other medications or supplements (including prescribed and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and dietary or herbal supplements) that you are currently taking.

Who makes filgrastim?

Who makes filgrastim?

Various FDA-approved generic manufacturers

Is filgrastim safe in pregnancy?

Is filgrastim safe in pregnancy?

It is not known if filgrastim may harm your unborn baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about possible pregnancy and birth control choices that are right for you.

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