For the Treatment of Cancer
Capecitabine is a chemotherapy medicine given to treat cancer.
How It Is Given
It is taken by mouth and should be taken during or right after a meal, with a glass of water. Each
dose is often more than one tablet. It is taken in the morning and the evening, doses may be
different. Do not crush or chew your tablets. Be sure to read your label. There are several
schedules for taking Capecitabine. Your schedule is:
Common Side Effects- you can manage
side effects and they will improve after
therapy is complete.
▪ Changes in the amount of blood
thinning medicine needed.
▪ Diarrhea can be severe – Intravenous
fluids may be needed.
▪ Nausea, vomiting, and loss of
▪ Mouth sores.
▪ Abdominal pain.
▪ Pain, swelling or redness of palms of
hands and/or soles of feet.
▪ Tired, weak, or dizzy.
▪ Eye irritation
Call your health care provider if any of
the following occurs
▪ Diarrhea – more than 4 bowel
movements each day or any diarrhea
▪ Vomiting – not controlled with
▪ Pain, redness, swelling or sores in
▪ Pain, swelling or redness of hands
▪ Fever/infection - temperature above
100.8 θ F or other signs of infection
Speak with your doctor if you are taking any
blood thinning medicine. Treatment with
Capecitabine may require that clotting time
be checked and dosage of blood thinning
medicine may need to be altered. If you miss
a dose, skip the missed dose and go back to
your normal time. Do not take 2 doses at the
same time or extra doses.
Reproduced, with permission, from the 1989-2011 United State Pharmacopeial Convention, Inc.
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