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Sargramostim injection
SARGRAMOSTIM - INJECTION

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

SARGRAMOSTIM - INJECTION

(sarr-GRAM-oh-stim)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Leukine

Uses

This medication stimulates the body to make white blood cells. It is used after bone marrow transplants. It has also been used to improve blood conditions due to certain types of anemia or drug therapy.

How To Use

This medication is administered by infusion into a vein or by injection under the skin. Blood counts will be done routinely to guide therapy.

Side Effects

Flushing and dizziness may occur with the first dose. Headache, diarrhea, muscle aches, stomach upset may occur. If these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you experience: skin rash, swelling of the hands or feet, bladder trouble, weight gain. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor if you have: heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, lung disorders, any allergies. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy or while breast-feeding. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take especially of: previous chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include unusual tiredness or weakness; fever, rash, irregular heartbeat, or chills.

Notes

Laboratory tests will be done periodically while using this medication to monitor its effects and prevent side effects.

Missed Dose

It is important that each dose be used as scheduled. If you miss a dose, use it as soon as remembered; do not use it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store this medication in the refrigerator as directed. Avoid freezing or shaking. Check the expiration date on the label and properly discard of any unused medication after that time.

Medical Alert

Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For enrollment information call MedicAlert at 1-800-854-1166 (USA), or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).