- It is used to lower the chance of getting an infection in cancer patients who have had very bad bone marrow problems caused by chemo.
- It is used to treat low white blood cell counts.
- It may be given to your child for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
- If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
- If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- Do not give this drug to your child on the same day that he/she gets chemo or radiation.
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.
- Have your child’s blood work checked. The dose of this drug may be changed depending on the results. Talk with your child’s doctor.
- Do not give this drug to a newborn. It has benzyl alcohol.
- Low blood pressure, a fast heartbeat, flushing, and passing out may rarely happen with the first dose.
If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:
- Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
- A fast heartbeat.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Shortness of breath, a big weight gain, swelling in the arms or legs.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Very loose stools (diarrhea).
- Swelling, warmth, numbness, change of color, or pain in a leg or arm.
- Very bad headache.
- Fever or chills.
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- Any bruising or bleeding.
- Throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds.
- Black, tarry, or bloody stools.
- Chest pain.
- A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
- Irritation where the shot is given.
- Not able to sleep.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Belly pain.
- Bone pain.
- Joint pain.
- Not hungry.
- Mouth irritation or mouth sores.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Hair loss.
- Weight loss.
- It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.
- It may be given as a shot into a vein.
- Your child’s doctor may teach you how to give the shot.
- Follow how to give this drug as you have been told by your child’s doctor or read the package insert.
- Do not use if the solution is cloudy, leaking, or has particles.
- Do not use if solution changes color.
- Wash hands before and after use.
- Throw away needles in a needle/sharp disposal box. Do not reuse needles or other items. When the box is full, follow all local rules for getting rid of it. Talk with a doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
- Call the doctor to find out what to do.
- Most of the time, this drug will be given to your child in a doctor’s office. You will not store it at home.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
- Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
- Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
- Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk with a member of your healthcare team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ____________________. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, please call____________________. If there’s no number listed, or you’re not sure, call
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