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Filgrastim

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Colony Stimulating Factor Neupogen®, Nivestim® Cancer-related

Filgrastim - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Filgrastim cause?

  • Mild to moderate bone pain may occur
  • This may be relieved by taking paracetamol.
  • Flu-like syndrome e.g. fever, chills, headache, body aches
  • Usually occurs at start of treatment. Maintain hydration – drink lots of fluids – and take paracetamol if necessary.
  • Headache
  • Mild skin rash may occur
  • More common in patients with history of sensitive skin.
  • Pain and redness at injection site

Inform your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Fever of 38°C or higher
  • Sores in the mouth and throat
  • Chest pain and rapid irregular heartbeat
  • Abnormal severe abdominal or shoulder pain
  • Allergic reaction e.g. rash, itch, swelling, dizziness and breathing problems

Before taking Filgrastim, what precautions must I follow?

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Filgrastim?

Filgrastim - Additional Information

  • Updated on Sunday, October 15, 2017
  • Article contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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