Sargramostim

(sar-GRAM-oh-stim)

Sargramostim, or GM-CSF, is used to help your child make more white blood cells so that he or she can more effectively fight infection.

It is most often used after chemotherapy or bone marrow transplantation to help your child recover from the effects of the chemotherapy faster.

It is available as an injectable medication that is either given subcutaneous (under the skin) or through an intravenous (IV) line.

  • Do not shake the vial. This may cause the drug to be less effective.
  • Store this medication in the refrigerator.
  • The dose should be given at approximately the same time each day.
  • If too much medicine is taken by accident, call the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC), 513-636-5111 or 1-800-222-1222, or call your child's doctor immediately.
  • Keep this medication out of the reach of children

For any medication information related to your child's dosing schedule and/or missed doses, contact the healthcare provider who prescribed the medication.

  • Bone pain especially in the lower back, hip and breast bone
  • Fluid retention
  • Headache
  • Persistent cough
  • Increased thirst
  • Pain at the injection site
  • Severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Dizziness, flushing, or fast heart rate
  • Chest pain
  • Unusual or easy bruising or bleeding
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • Rash
  • Fever

Last Updated 11/2013