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Brand Names: Xeloda

Generic Name: capecitabine (Pronunciation: KAP e SYE ta been)

What is capecitabine (Xeloda)?

Capecitabine is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their spread in the body

Capecitabine is used to treat breast cancer and colon or rectum cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.

Capecitabine may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Xeloda 150 mg

oval, pink, imprinted with XELODA, 150

Xeloda 500 mg

oval, pink, imprinted with XELODA, 500

What are the possible side effects of capecitabine (Xeloda)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • severe diarrhea (more than 4 times per day, or during the night);
  • vomiting (more than once in 24 hours);
  • nausea, loss of appetite, eating much less than usual;
  • weakness, feeling light-headed, hot or dry skin;
  • pain, tenderness, redness, swelling, blistering, or peeling skin on your hands or feet;
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
  • swelling, white patches, or sores in your mouth or throat;
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling;
  • sudden numbness, weakness, headache, confusion, or problems with vision, speech, or balance; or
  • slow heart rate, weak pulse, fainting, slow breathing (breathing may stop).

Less serious side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about capecitabine (Xeloda)?

You should not take this medication if you are allergic to capecitabine or fluorouracil (Adrucil), or if you have severe kidney disease or a metabolic disorder called DPD (dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase) deficiency.

Before you take capecitabine, tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease, a history of coronary artery disease, or if you are also taking folic acid (contained in many vitamin and mineral supplements), leucovorin (Wellcovorin), phenytoin (Dilantin), or a blood thinner (warfarin, Coumadin).

While taking capecitabine, you will need blood tests at your doctor's office on a regular basis. Do not miss any appointments. You must remain under the care of a doctor while you are taking capecitabine.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as severe vomiting or diarrhea, fever or flu symptoms, pain or redness of your hands or feet, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), chest pain, sudden numbness or weakness, or fainting.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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