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It slows the growth of cancer cells
               



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What is this medicine?

CAPECITABINE (ka pe SITE a been) is a chemotherapy drug. It slows the growth of cancer cells. This medicine is used to treat breast cancer, and also colon or rectal cancer.

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

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • bleeding or blood disorders
  • dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD) deficiency
  • heart disease
  • infection (especially a virus infection such as chickenpox, cold sores, or herpes)
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to capecitabine, 5- fluorouracil, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water, within 30 minutes of the end of a meal. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Your doctor may want you to take a combination of 150 mg and 500 mg tablets for each dose. It is very important that you know how to correctly take your dose. Taking the wrong tablets could result in an overdose (too much medication) or underdose (too little medication).

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, do not take the missed dose at all. Do not take double or extra doses. Instead, continue with your next scheduled dose and check with your doctor.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • antacids with aluminum and/ or magnesium
  • folic acid
  • leucovorin
  • medicines to increase blood counts like filgrastim, pegfilgrastim, sargramostim
  • phenytoin
  • vaccines
  • warfarin

Talk to your doctor or health care professional before taking any of these medicines:

  • acetaminophen
  • aspirin
  • ibuprofen
  • ketoprofen
  • naproxen

               
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