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Colony Stimulating Factors (Systemic)

Colony Stimulating Factors | Before Using | Proper Use | Precautions | Side Effects | Additional Information

Side Effects of This Medicine

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

The side effects listed below include only those that might be caused by colony stimulating factors. To find out about other side effects that may be caused by the cancer medicines you are also receiving, look under the information about those specific medicines.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

    For filgrastim

      Less common

        Redness or pain at the site of subcutaneous (under the skin) injection


        Fever; rapid or irregular heartbeat; sores on skin; wheezing

    For sargramostim

      Less common

        Fever; redness or pain at the site of subcutaneous (under the skin) injection; shortness of breath; swelling of feet or lower legs; weight gain (sudden)


        Chest pain; rapid or irregular heartbeat; sores on skin; wheezing

Other side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:

    For both filgrastim and sargramostim

      More common

        Headache; pain in arms or legs; pain in joints or muscles; pain in lower back or pelvis; skin rash or itching

    For sargramostin only (in addition to the above)

      Less common or rare

        Dizziness or faintness after first dose of medicine; flushing of face after first dose of medicine; weakness

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.

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