Nivestym (Filgrastim)

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    Nivestym is a prescribed medication used to treat various conditions, such as reducing the risk of infection in cancer patients undergoing specific treatments. It is also employed in treating acute myeloid leukemia (AML), bone marrow transplantation (BMT), and other situations where the immune system is weakened.

    Nivestym is similar to natural substances called colony-stimulating factors (CSFs) found in the body. It works by interacting with stem cells in the bone marrow, encouraging their growth and division.


    Nivestym is available in vials and prefilled syringes. Your doctor will determine your correct dosage based on your specific condition and characteristics.

    The Nivestym prefilled syringes do NOT contain latex and are, therefore, safe for people with latex allergies.

    Nivestym vials are available in 300 mcg and 480 mcg vial sizes. Prefilled syringes are available in 300 mcg and 480 mcg dosages.


    The active ingredient in Nivestym is Filgrastim.


    • Nevstym has no known drug-drug interactions


    If you experience abdominal or shoulder pain, inform your doctor immediately, as it could be a sign of a serious condition.

    Stop using Nivestym and contact your doctor if you have trouble breathing or a history of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).

    Inform your doctor if you have a history of sickle cell disease or kidney problems.

    Avoid Nivestym if you have a history of serious allergic reactions to similar medications.

    Side Effects

    Common adverse reactions to this drug may include:

    • Alopecia
    • Anemia
    • Anaphylaxis
    • Bleeding from nose
    • Blood transfusion reaction
    • Bone pain
    • Capillary leak syndrome
    • Cough
    • Diarrhea
    • Dyspnea
    • Fever
    • Glomerulonephritis
    • Headache
    • Hepatosplenomegaly
    • Hypersensitivity reaction
    • Hypoesthesia
    • Leukocytosis
    • Myelodysplastic syndrome
    • Nausea
    • Pain
    • Pain in limb
    • Pulmonary hemorrhage
    • Rash
    • Rupture of spleen
    • Sepsis
    • Sickle cell anemia with crisis
    • Splenomegaly
    • Thrombocytopenia
    • Vasculitis of the skin


    Nivestym [package insert]. Lake Forest, IL: Pfizer; July 2018.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 14437

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