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is an oral medication that is prescribed as tablets, usually taken
twice a day within half an hour after eating. Capecitabine is administered
in a 21-day cycle consisting of 14 days of therapy followed by a
7-day rest period.
Capecitabine interferes with the growth of cancer cells.
It is used to treat breast cancer that has spread to other parts
of the body and is resistant to both paclitaxel and an anthracycline-containing
chemotherapy regimen or resistant to paclitaxel and for whom further
anthracycline therapy is not indicated, e.g. patients who have received
cumulative doses of 400 mg/m² of doxorubicin or doxorubicin
Capecitabine tablets should be swallowed with water only.
medical problems may affect the use of capecitabine. Make sure you
tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems. If you
have a history of heart disease the risk of a side effect that affects
the heart may be increased. Any prior liver disease must be discussed
with your doctor. The amount of capecitabine in the body, as well
as the risk of liver damage, may be increased in patients with liver
you miss taking a dose of this medicine, do not take the missed
dose. Never double the next one. Just go back to your regular schedule
and inform your doctor.
can cause diarrhea, which may be severe.
STOP taking the medication and check with your doctor immediately
if you notice any signs of an infection. These signs include cough
or hoarseness, lower back or side pain, painful or difficult urination,
sneezing, sore throat, stuffy nose, white spots inside the mouth
or throat, or a fever of 100.5°F or higher.
taking this medicine and check with your doctor immediately if you
notice pain, blistering, peeling, redness, or swelling of the palms
of your hands and/or the bottoms of your feet that interfere with
your normal activities; pain and redness, swelling, or sores in
your mouth or on your lips that interfere with eating; diarrhea
that is four to six stools a day more than usual; any diarrhea at
night; nausea strong enough to keep you from eating or vomiting
that occurs twice, or more, in any 24-hour period.
you notice any other side effects, check with your doctor.
to Drug Index
information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made with your team of medical
professionals and prescriptions must be given by your doctor.