Filgrastim or G-CSF is a medication that is used in some patients to try to stimulate certain blood cells (white blood cells) to enter the circulation faster after being given chemotherapy. This decreases the time that you are without certain blood cells used to fight infections. It is also sometimes used in combination with other medicines like ganciclovir and Septra" that can cause blood counts to decrease.
- This medicine is either infused through your central line catheter or given as a subcutaneous injection.
- You or a family member will be taught how to administer this medication. Keep the syringes, needles and supplies in a safe place out of reach of children and pets.
- Filgrastim should be kept in the original container in the refrigerator.
- This medication is frequently started 24 hours after chemotherapy is completed and continued until the neutrophils (part of the white blood cells) in the blood reach a certain level.