Short term. Leukine, or gm-csf, is a marrow stimulating factor to help your white blood cells increase, usually because you are getting chemotherapy. Just like any medicines, there are potential side effects. The most serious would be an allergic reaction, which is rare. Commonly we see bone pain or arthralgias and low grade temps. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is usually effective at relieving these short-term side effects.
Anyone been given leukine (sargramostim) to raise your white count and did you have any adverse side effects?
Leakine side-effects. Leakine or gm-csf is typically prescribed in patients who have undergone chemotherapy known to drop the WBC count. The side effects include a rash at the site of injection, which is best addressed with Benadryl . Low grade fevers, muscle and joint pains are also common, which is addressed with tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. Read more...