Xeloda (Capecitabine) is a prescription cancer medication that is used for the treatment of colon cancer and breast or colorectal cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. This medication is used in combination with other cancer medication or radiation treatments. Capecitabine is an anti-cancer chemotherapy drug. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells. Xeloda tablets are taken with water within 30 minutes after a meal.
Our Canadian Pharmacy currently offers the brand Xeloda from Canada manufactured by Hoffman-la Roche. The generic Capecitabine comes from India also called Capegard by Cipla and from Canada by a different manufacturer. Xeloda is available in the strength of 150 mg and 500 mg tablets.
Xeloda Side Effects
The common side effects may include changes in taste, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness, trouble sleeping and weakness. You may have temporary hair loss which should return to normal growth after your treatment ends.
Stop taking this medication and inform your doctor right away if you have any of the serious side effects such as:
• Painful redness swelling or sores in mouth or tongue;
• Severe nausea or vomiting;
• Unable to eat or keep food or fluids in your stomach
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
You should not take Xeloda if you are allergic to Capecitabine or if you have any other allergies. Before you start taking this medication, talk to your doctor about your medical history and about all the medications you take including OTC and herbal medication. Capecitabine can make you more likely to get infections or worsen your current infections. Avoid contact with people who have infections that may spread to others. This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when you are outdoors. Xeloda may make you dizzy. You should not drive or use machinery or do any activity that requires you to be alert. Limit alcoholic beverages. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant because this medication may harm an unborn baby. Women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant should not handle this medication or breathe the dust from the tablets. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Talk to your doctor before breast-feeding.
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The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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