Xeloda used to treat people with cancer of the colon or rectum, breast cancer. Read this article for details on who and when to use Xeloda, the dosage details, and potential adverse reactions to this medication.
When to use Xeloda
Xeloda is a prescription medicine used to treat people with: cancer of the colon that has spread to lymph nodes in the area close to the colon, after they have surgery.
Cancer of the colon or rectum (colorectal) that has spread to other parts of the body.
Breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic) together with another medicine called docetaxel after treatment with certain other anticancer medicines have not worked.
Breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body and has not improved after treatment with paclitaxel and certain other anti-cancer medicines, or who cannot receive any more treatment with certain anti-cancer medicines.
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Where to Buy Xeloda Over The Counter?
This medication belongs to a group of antitumor drugs known as antitumor drugs, and in particular to a group of antitumor drugs known as antimetabolites. Xeloda (Capecitabine) fights cancer by killing cancer cells and preventing their growth. Xeloda (Capecitabine) can be used alone or in combination with other medicines to treat certain types of breast cancer and colorectal cancer. We make same-day delivery in some areas. We deliver the next business day and can also ship overnight. We offer free shipping anywhere in the United States to help you get access to treatment. You can get Xeloda delivered to your doorstep from us in the US if you have ordered prescription drugs with a valid prescription. If you're not sure if we're shipping to your area, contact us.
Xeloda is often used in combination with other anticancer drugs. It is usually used to treat metastatic breast cancer that has stopped responding to Taxol, Taxotere, and Adriamycin. Antimetabolites kill cancer cells by acting as false building blocks in the cancer cell's genes, causing the cancer cell to die as it prepares to divide. Xeloda is in inactive form when you take it. Your liver and then enzymes in the cancer cells turn it into the active anti-cancer form, 5-fluorouracil. This two-step activation process means that a higher concentration of the drug ends up in the cancer tissue, not in healthy tissue. Xeloda (capecitabine) may be available under several brand names and/or in several different forms. Any particular brand name of Xeloda (capecitabine) may not be available in all forms or approved for all conditions discussed here. In addition, some forms of Xeloda (capecitabine) may not be used for all conditions discussed here.
What is the proper dosage?
The dose of this medicine will vary from patient to patient. Follow your doctor's instructions or the directions on the label. The following information only includes the average dose of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take your medicine depends on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
Xeloda dosage for Dukes’ C colon cancer:
The recommended Xeloda dose for Dukes’ C colon cancer in certain situations is 1,250 mg/m2. The dosing schedule for Xeloda is two times per day for 2 weeks, followed by 1 week of no treatment. This makes a 3-week cycle. You’ll likely take Xeloda for eight 3-week cycles. This equals 24 weeks.
Xeloda dosage for metastatic breast cancer:
The recommended Xeloda dose for metastatic breast cancer in certain situations is 1,250 mg/m2. The dosing schedule for Xeloda is two times per day for 2 weeks, followed by 1 week of no treatment. This makes a 3-week cycle. You’ll likely continue treatment cycles for as long as Xeloda is safe and effective for you.
Xeloda side effects and considerations
Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent. The side effects listed below do not occur in everyone who takes Xeloda (capecitabine). If you are worried about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Xeloda (capecitabine) with your doctor. At least 1% of people who have taken Xeloda (capecitabine) have reported the following side effects. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some will go away on their own over time. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing these side effects and they are serious or bothersome. Your pharmacist can advise you on how to manage the side effects.
The possible Xeloda side effects include:
mild nausea or vomiting
tiredness or fatigue
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Consult your doctor if you notice any symptom that bothers you while you are taking Xeloda (capecitabine).
Before you take Xeloda, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to 5-fluorouracil; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more information. Before you use this medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially about: certain enzyme (dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase - DPD) deficiencies, blood disorders (such as bone marrow suppression), heart problems (such as heart failure), kidney problems, liver problems.
Xeloda may make you more prone to infections or may make your current infection worse. Avoid contact with people who have infections that can spread to others (for example, chickenpox, measles, flu). Consult your doctor if you have been exposed to an infection or for more information. Tell your doctor that you are using Xeloda before you get any vaccinations/inoculations. Avoid contact with people who have recently received live vaccines (e.g., flu vaccine inhaled through the nose). To reduce the chance of cuts, bruises, or injuries, be careful with sharp objects such as razors and nail clippers, and avoid activities such as contact sports.