Xeloda (capecitabine) is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their spread in the body.
It is used to treat breast cancer and colon or rectum cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.
Xeloda may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Take Xeloda exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Xeloda is usually given in a treatment cycle of 2 weeks on and 1 week off. This 3-week cycle is repeated up to 8 times (24 weeks). Your Xeloda dosage may be different. Follow your doctor’s instructions.
During the weeks when you take Xeloda, take the medication once in the morning and once in the evening, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. You may also be given other medications as part of a combination cancer treatment.
Xeloda should be taken with food or within 30 minutes after eating a meal. Take this medication with a full glass (8 ounces) of water.
To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood may need to be tested on a regular basis. Your kidney and liver function may also need to be tested. Do not miss any follow-up visits. You must remain under the care of a doctor while you are taking Xeloda.