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In this Article
- What is filgrastim (Neupogen)?
- What are the possible side effects of filgrastim (Neupogen)?
- What is the most important information I should know about filgrastim (Neupogen)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using filgrastim (Neupogen)?
- How should I use filgrastim (Neupogen)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Neupogen)?
- What happens if I overdose (Neupogen)?
- What should I avoid while using filgrastim (Neupogen)?
- What other drugs will affect filgrastim (Neupogen)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using filgrastim (Neupogen)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to filgrastim or to other medicines that contain the E. coli bacteria.
To make sure you can safely use filgrastim, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- a blood cell disorder, such as sickle cell anemia;
- chronic myeloid leukemia;
- myelodysplasia (also called "preleukemia"); or
- if you are receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether filgrastim will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether filgrastim passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use filgrastim (Neupogen)?
Filgrastim should not be given within the 24-hour period before or after you receive chemotherapy.
Filgrastim is injected into a vein or under the skin. You may be shown how to use an IV at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles, syringes, IV tubing, and other items used to inject the medicine.
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Do not shake the medication bottle or prefilled syringe, or you may ruin the medicine. Prepare your dose in a syringe only when you are ready to give yourself an injection. Do not use the medication if it has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.
Use a different place on your arms, stomach, hips, or legs each time you give the injection. Your care provider will show you the best places on your body to inject the medication. Do not inject into the same place two times in a row.
A filgrastim vial or prefilled syringe is for one use only. Throw away after one use, even if there is still some medicine left inside. Do not use filgrastim if the expiration date on the label has passed. Call your doctor for a new prescription.
Use a disposable needle only once. Throw away used needles in a puncture-proof container (ask your pharmacist where you can get one and how to dispose of it). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood may need to be tested often. This will help your doctor determine how long to treat you with filgrastim. Your liver function will also need to be tested, and you may need bone density scans. Visit your doctor regularly.
Store this medication in the refrigerator and do not allow it to freeze. You may allow the medication to reach room temperature for 24 hours before measuring your dose in a syringe. Then place the vial back in the refrigerator. Throw away any filgrastim that has been left out at room temperature for longer than 24 hours.
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