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What is Capecitabine used for?

Capecitabine is a cancer medication used to treat certain types of cancer (e.g., breast cancer and colorectal cancer). It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Capecitabine?

The dosage of Capecitabine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Capecitabine should be taken with food.

What if you miss a dose of Capecitabine?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Capecitabine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Capecitabine?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Capecitabine, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Capecitabine?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Capecitabine.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Capecitabine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Capecitabine can interact with heart or blood pressure medications.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Capecitabine?

Like other medicines, Capecitabine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Capecitabine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Capecitabine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Capecitabine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Capecitabine can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain, constipation, headache, dizziness, and weakness. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Capecitabine.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Capecitabine?

Is it possible for me to take Capecitabine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Capecitabine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Capecitabine?
How will Capecitabine work in my body?
How should Capecitabine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Capecitabine drug interactions and side effects?

Note

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Capecitabine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

 

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