Capecitabine (Xeloda) For the Treatment of Cancer
Capecitabine is a chemotherapy medicine given to treat cancer.
How It Is Given
It is taken by mouth and should be taken during or right after a meal. Each dose is often more than one tablet. Doses in the morning and evening may be different. Be sure to read your label. There are several schedules for taking Capecitabine. Your schedule is:
Common Side Effects
- Changes in the amount of blood thinning medicine needed. (Warfarin/Coumadin®)
- Diarrhea can be severe – Intravenous fluids may be needed.
- Nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite.
- Mouth sores.
- Abdominal pain.
- Pain, swelling or redness of palms of hands and/or soles of feet.
- Tiredness, weakness, or dizziness.
Call your health care provider if any of the following occurs
- Diarrhea – more than 4 bowel movements each day or any diarrhea at night
- Vomiting – not controlled with medicine
- Stomatitis – pain, redness, swelling or sores in your mouth
- Pain, swelling or redness of hands and/or feet
- Fever/infection - temperature above 100.8 F or other evidence of infection
Speak with your doctor if you are taking any blood thinning medicine. Treatment with capecitabine may require that clotting time be checked and dosage of blood thinning medicine may need to be altered.
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Last Updated: 09/16/2011
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