filgrastim, Neupogen (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Filgrastim is used to prevent infectious complications associated with a decrease in the number of neutrophils in the body (neutropenia). Neutropenia may develop in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy or undergoing bone marrow transplantation. Neutropenia also may occur for unknown reasons in adults and infants. Filgrastim is used in healthy patients who will be donating bone marrow if their white blood cell counts are low.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects are:

Other important side effects include:

Uric acid, lactate dehydrogenase, and alkaline phosphatase levels may rise and spontaneously return to normal levels. Heart attacks and abnormal heart rhythm.



PREPARATIONS: Filgrastim is available as a liquid for injection in vials or pre-filled syringes containing 300 or 480 micrograms of drug.

STORAGE: Filgrastim should be stored at 2 C to 8 C (36 F to 46 F) and should not be frozen.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/15/2015

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