The filgrastim is used mainly in the treatment of neutropenia, a lack of white blood cells in the blood that can for example be caused by a tumor, a bone marrow transplant or chemotherapy.
What is filgastrim?
Filgastrim works by inciting the generation of white blood cells.
How is filgastrim taken?
Filgastrim is administered via subcutaneous injections or vein infusions.
Side effects of filgastrim
Among the possible side effects of filgastrim we also find:
- He retched
- muscle or joint pain
- bad bones
It is essential to notify your doctor immediately in the presence of:
- breathing problems
- accelerated breathing
- shortness of breath
- feeling of tightness in the chest
- swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue
- intense or sudden pain in the upper left area of the stomach that extends towards the shoulder
- kidney problems
- symptoms of an ongoing infection
Contraindications and warnings
Filgastrim should not be administered within 24 hours before or after chemotherapy.
Before therapy it is essential to warn the doctor:
- of possible allergies to the active substance, to its excipients, to any other medicine, to foods or other substances (specifically to products obtained from E. coli)
- of medications, herbal medicines and supplements taken
- if you suffer (or have suffered) from hematological problems, chronic myeloid leukemia, myelodysplasia or kidney disease
- in the presence of chemotherapy or radiation-based therapies
- if you are pregnant or breastfeeding