Colony Stimulating Factors (Systemic)
- Antineutropenic - Filgrastim; Sargramostim
- Hematopoietic stimulant - Filgrastim; Sargramostim
Filgrastim and sargramostim
are synthetic (man-made) versions of substances naturally produced in your
body. These substances, called colony stimulating factors, help the bone marrow
to make new white blood cells.
When certain cancer medicines fight your cancer cells, they also affect
those white blood cells that fight infection. To help prevent infections when
these cancer medicines are used, colony stimulating factors may be given.
Colony stimulating factors also may be used to help the bone marrow recover
after bone marrow transplantation and stem cell transplantation.
Colony stimulating factors are available only with your doctor's prescription,
in the following dosage form:
Injection (U.S. and Canada)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
In Canada -
Other commonly used names are:
- Granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF)
- Granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF)
For quick reference, the following colony stimulating factors
are numbered to match the corresponding brand names.
|This information applies to the following medicines:
|† Not commercially available in Canada