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When and How to Take Filgrastim

General considerations for when and how to take filgrastim include the following:
 
  • Filgrastim comes as an injection that can be given just under the skin or by IV.
 
  • This medication is usually given daily for a specific period or until your neutrophil levels increase, depending on the particular use. For severe chronic neutropenia, filgrastim is given continually on a daily basis.
 
  • Filgrastim should not be taken within 24 hours before or after chemotherapy or bone marrow transplantation.
 
  • If you feel comfortable doing so, you or a caregiver may administer the injections just under the skin. If you would prefer, your healthcare provider can give the injection.
 
  • In some situations, it may be an option to give filgrastim as a continuous infusion just under the skin. This is like an around-the-clock IV, except it goes just under the skin, not into a vein.
 
  • Never shake filgrastim, as it is a delicate molecule that could be damaged by shaking.
 
  • You will need regular blood tests while taking this drug to see if it is working.
 
  • If you choose to give the injections yourself, make sure you know exactly how to inject the drug.
 
  • For filgrastim to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
     

Dosing Information

The dose of filgrastim your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • Your weight
  • How you respond to filgrastim
  • The condition being treated
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be currently taking.
     
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 
(Click Filgrastim Dosing for more information.)
 
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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
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