Filgrastim
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings
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What is Filgrastim?

(fil GRA stim)

• This medicine is used to treat cancer patients who have had severe bone marrow problems caused by chemotherapy.

• This medicine is used to increase stem cells.

• This medicine is used to treat low white blood cell counts.

• This medicine is used to treat myelodysplasia.

What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

• Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.

• If you have sickle cell disease, talk with healthcare provider.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.

What are some possible side effects of this medicine?

• Bone pain.

• Headache.

• Short-term discomfort after use.

• Feeling tired or weak.

• Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.

Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

• If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.

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