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CAPECITABINE - ORAL
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Xeloda
WARNING: Capecitabine may interact with "blood thinners" (anticoagulants such as warfarin or phenprocoumon) and cause serious, rarely fatal bleeding. In some cases, this bleeding has occurred up to one month after stopping capecitabine as well as during treatment.
If you are using an anticoagulant, your laboratory tests (INR/PT) will be closely monitored. Report any signs of bleeding or bruising (such as black stools) to your doctor immediately.
USES: Capecitabine is used alone or with other treatments/medications to treat certain types of cancer (e.g., of the breast, colon, rectum). It works by slowing or stopping cancer cell growth and by decreasing tumor size.
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start taking capecitabine and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth, usually twice daily in the morning and evening or as directed by your doctor. It is best to take this with a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) within 30 minutes after the end of a meal. Swallow the tablets whole. Do not crush or split the tablets. Capecitabine is usually taken every day for 2 weeks, then stopped for 1 week. This course of treatment may be repeated as directed by your doctor.
If you take any antacid products that contain aluminum or magnesium, take capecitabine 2 hours before or after taking any antacids because these products may change the way your body absorbs capecitabine.
The dosage is based on your medical condition, body size, and response to therapy. You may be taking a combination of different tablet sizes. Pay close attention to your dose and tablet sizes to avoid over- or under-dosing.
Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often than directed without your doctor's approval. Your condition will not improve any faster, and the risk of serious side effects may increase.
Since this drug can be absorbed through the skin, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle this medication.
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