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Capecitabine

What is this medicine?

CAPECITABINE is an antimetabolite. It works by interfering with the production of proteins necessary for cancer cell growth and reproduction. Treating certain types of breast, colon, or colorectal cancer in some patients. It may be used alone or with other medicines in some cases.

How should I use this medicine?

Use capecitabine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use capecitabine.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line.Symptoms may include diarrhea; nausea; stomach irritation and bleeding; vomiting.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Some medical conditions may interact with capecitabine. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with capecitabine. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if capecitabine may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

What side effects may I notice from this medicine?

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Back, joint, or muscle pain; constipation; dizziness; eye irritation; headache; itchy or dry skin; loss of appetite; mild nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; stomach pain; taste changes; tiredness; trouble sleeping; upset stomach; weakness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, tarry stools; bloody diarrhea; chest, jaw, or left arm pain; decreased amount of urine; discolored skin; dry mouth or eyes; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever higher than 100.5 degrees F, chills, or sore throat; hair loss; increased thirst; leg pain or swelling; moderate to severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; mood or mental changes (eg, depression); nail problems; numbness of an arm or leg; numbness, pain, tingling, blistering, swelling, or redness in the palms of the hands or soles of the feet; pain, redness, swelling, or sores in the mouth or throat; persistent cough or wheezing; shortness of breath; sudden, severe headache or vomiting; swelling in the legs, ankles, or feet; unusual bleeding or bruising; unusual tiredness or weakness; vision changes; yellowing of the eyes or skin.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider.

Proper storage of capecitabine:

Store capecitabine at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep capecitabine out of the reach of children and away from pets.

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