pegfilgrastim (generic name)

It is used to prevent infection in people with low amounts of white blood cells following cancer treatment
(peg fil GRA stim)
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What is this medicine?

PEGFILGRASTIM (peg fil GRA stim) helps the body make more white blood cells. It is used to prevent infection in people with low amounts of white blood cells following cancer treatment.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • sickle cell disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to pegfilgrastim, filgrastim, E.coli protein, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection under the skin. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

If you get this medicine at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Do not shake this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children who weigh more than 45 kg for selected conditions, precautions do apply

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • lithium
  • medicines for growth therapy

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor for regular check ups. You will need important blood work done while you are taking this medicine.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • fever
  • pain, redness, or swelling where injected
  • shoulder pain
  • stomach or side pain

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • aches, pains
  • headache
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea, vomiting
  • unusually tired

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store in a refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F). Do not freeze. Keep in carton to protect from light. Throw away this medicine if it is left out of the refrigerator for more than 48 hours. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: July 20, 2009
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