filgrastim - injection, Neupogen (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: Before using filgrastim, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to tbo-filgrastim/pegfilgrastim; or to other medications made in a similar manner (biotechnology-produced proteins using E. coli); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as dry natural rubber/latex in the needle cover on the prefilled syringe), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: sickle cell disease, heart disease, spleen problems, other blood disorders (e.g., myelodysplastic syndrome, congenital neutropenia), certain skin disorders (e.g., psoriasis).If you are scheduled to have radiation therapy, tell your doctor you are taking filgrastim. This medication should not be given during the time you are receiving radiation therapy.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.Filgrastim is very similar to tbo-filgrastim. Do not use filgrastim while using tbo-filgrastim.This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests (e.g., bone tests such as bone imaging). Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.
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