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Filgrastim

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Filgrastim belongs to the class of medicines commonly known as colony-stimulating factor. This drug is used to protect patients from getting infections especially those who have cancer or undergoing chemotherapy.

Filgrastim is a prescribed drug that is being distributed under the brand name Neupogen. Filgrastim is being administered to cancer patients who are under chemotherapy treatment in order to avoid the risk of infection.

Chemotherapy causes the decrease of production of neutrophils inside the body. Neutrophils are types of blood cells that are required in order to protect the body from infections. Filgrastim is also used in protecting HIV positive patients from different infections.

Filgrastim is in a form of liquid which is administered to a patient using an injection. This drug is given to a patient once a day. But for people who have severe chronic neutropenia are given a dose two times a day. Usually, Filgrastim is given to patients 24 hours after chemotherapy treatment. The treatment continues daily for about two weeks.

The doctor usually adjusts the dosage depending on the health condition and the response of the patient to the treatment.

Filgrastim should only be administered by nurses or doctors. However, there are cases that the drug can be administered at home. In this case, it is important to follow all instructions of the doctor.

Do not attempt to use more than what is prescribed by your doctor to avoid the risk of overdose which can be very fatal.

There are less serious side effects associated by using Filgrastim. Some of these include headache, muscle pain, nosebleed, swelling and itchiness at the skin where the drug was injected.

Aside from less serious side effects, serious side effects may occur to some patients. Some of the known serious side effects include trouble in breathing, fever, dizziness, rashes, itching, stomach pain, wheezing, swelling around the area of the eyes and mouth, and unusual markings of the skin.

Before undergoing treatment with Filgrastim, inform your doctor if you are allergic with the drug or other drugs like pegfilgrastim, drugs made from E Coli Bacteria. You must also inform your doctor on what other drugs you are using including vitamins, herbal medicines, nutritional drugs or similar products.

Filgrastim is an anti-infection drug but does not prevent all types of infections. If signs of infections persist such as sore throat, fever, rash, chills and diarrhea, you must immediately inform your doctor.

It is important to inform your doctor that you are using Filgrastim prior to surgery. Nursing mothers and pregnant women should also discuss if there are risks involved before using Filgrastim as medication.

While under medication, make sure to keep all your laboratory checkups and schedule with your doctor. This is to give your doctor a chance to monitor your progress and advise you of any changes especially with your dosage.

If you are using the drug at home, make sure to store it in a safe and clean area. Never attempt to share the drug to anyone else without proper consultation with a doctor.

• Molecular formula of filgrastim is C845H1343N223O243S9
• Molecular weight is 18802.8 g/mol

Generic name: Pegfilgrastim

Brand name(s): Lenograstim, Neulasta, Pluripoietin

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