Filgrastim is a man-made version of a certain natural substance made in your body. It is used to help your body make more white blood cells. White blood cells are important to help you fight off infections. Filgrastim is given to people whose ability to make white blood cells is reduced (for instance, due to chemotherapy, chronic neutropenia, or exposure to large amounts of radiation). It is also used in certain treatment procedures (such as bone marrow/stem cell transplant).
How to use filgrastim injection
Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using filgrastim and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
This medication is given by injection into a vein or under the skin, usually once a day or as directed by your doctor, until the proper blood counts are reached. Dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, and response to therapy. Use the exact amount of drug prescribed by your doctor. Too little drug may not protect you against infections. Too much drug may cause your body to make too many white blood cells.
If you are giving yourself injections at home, make sure you learn how to prepare and inject this medication properly. If you are injecting this drug under the skin, choose a new injection site each time you give yourself a dose. This will help prevent soreness. Never inject filgrastim into skin that is tender, red, bruised, and hard or has scars or stretch marks. Ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse any questions you may have about how to give yourself filgrastim. Learn how to properly dispose of used syringes, needles, and any unused medication. Never reuse needles or syringes.
Remove the medication from the refrigerator 30 minutes before you inject it to allow it to reach room temperature.
Avoid shaking this medication; doing so may make the drug ineffective.
Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.
Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day.
If you are receiving cancer chemotherapy, you should not be given filgrastim at the same time. You should receive filgrastim either before or after the chemotherapy, depending on your blood count results and your doctor’s directions.