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FILGRASTIM - INJECTION
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Neupogen
USES: This medication stimulates the blood system (bone marrow) to make white blood cells, helping you fight infections. This medication is given to those whose ability to make white blood cells has been reduced. Filgrastim (also known as G-CSF, or granulocyte colony stimulating factor) is a man-made version of a certain natural substance found in the body. It is produced using a certain bacteria.
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using filgrastim and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Avoid shaking this medication; doing so may make the drug ineffective.
This medication is given by injection usually once a day until the proper blood counts are reached. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Use the exact amount of drug prescribed by your doctor. Too little drug may not protect you against infections. Too much drug may cause your body to make too many white blood cells.
Remove the medication from the refrigerator 30 minutes before you inject it to allow it to reach room temperature.
Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day.
Choose a new injection site each time you give yourself a dose. This will help prevent soreness. Never inject filgrastim into skin that is tender, red, bruised, and hard or has scars or stretch marks.
If you are giving yourself injections at home, make sure you learn how to prepare and inject this medication properly. Ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse any questions you may have about how to give yourself filgrastim. Learn how to properly dispose of used syringes, needles, and any unused medication. Never reuse needles or syringes.
Before using, check this product visually for particle or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.
If you are receiving cancer chemotherapy, you should not be given filgrastim at the same time. You should receive filgrastim either before or after the chemotherapy, depending on your blood count results and your doctor's directions.
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