Tumor control Xeloda
Xeloda (capecitabine) is a cancer medicine that interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their spread in the body. Xeloda is used to treat colon cancer, and breast or colorectal cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. Xeloda is often used in combination with other cancer medications and/or radiation treatments. You should not take Xeloda if you have severe kidney disease or a metabolic disorder called DPD (dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase) deficiency. If you take a blood thinner (warfarin, Coumadin, Jantoven), you may need to have more frequent "INR" or prothrombin time tests. Taking a blood thinner can increase your risk of severe bleeding while you are using Xeloda, and for a short time after you stop taking this medicine. This risk is higher in adults older than 60.
How should I take Xeloda?
Xeloda is usually taken twice per day. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Xeloda is given in a 3-week treatment cycle, and you may only need to take the medicine during the first 2 weeks of each cycle. Your doctor will determine how long to treat you with Xeloda.
Xeloda is only part of a treatment program that may also include other medications taken on different schedules. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully. Xeloda should be taken with food or within 30 minutes after eating a meal.
Take Xeloda with a full glass (8 ounces) of water.
Call your doctor if you are sick with vomiting or diarrhea, if you are unable to eat because of stomach illness, or if you are sweating more than usual. Prolonged illness can lead to dehydration or kidney failure.
You may need frequent medical tests to be sure this medicine is not causing harmful effects. Your cancer treatments may be delayed based on the results of these tests. Xeloda can have long lasting effects on your body. You may need frequent medical tests for a short time after you stop using this medicine.
You must remain under the care of a doctor while you are taking Xeloda.
Store Xeloda at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.