Questions and answers

What are the ingredients in XELODA?

What are the ingredients in XELODA?

What are the ingredients in XELODA? Active ingredient: capecitabine Inactive ingredients: anhydrous lactose, croscarmellose sodium, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate and purified water.

Does XELODA come in liquid form?

tablet, capsule, or liquid form. chemotherapy. may allow for less frequent medical appointments.

How do you monitor capecitabine?

You will be checked regularly by your doctor while you are taking capecitabine, to monitor side effects and check your response to therapy. Periodic blood work to monitor your complete blood count (CBC) as well as the function of other organs (such as your kidneys and liver) will also be ordered by your doctor.

Can XELODA cause headaches?

SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, constipation, tiredness, weakness, back/joint/muscle pain, headache, dizziness, trouble sleeping, skin darkening, or dry/itchy skin may occur. Nausea and vomiting can be severe.

How does XELODA make you feel?

Capecitabine may make you feel dizzy, sick or tired. This could affect your ability to drive or operate machinery safely. Avoid driving or using machinery if you have any symptoms that may affect your ability to do this.

How do you reduce the side effects of XELODA?

Eating several small meals, not eating before treatment, or limiting activity may help lessen some of these effects. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Diarrhea is a common side effect of this medication. Drink plenty of fluids unless directed otherwise.

Will I lose my hair on Xeloda?

Hair loss. When used on its own, capecitabine occasionally causes some temporary hair thinning. It very rarely causes complete hair loss. If capecitabine is taken in combination with another chemotherapy drug, most people will lose all their hair including eyebrows, eyelashes and body hair.

Is Xeloda a good chemo drug?

After about 5 years of follow-up, the researchers found that women who were treated with Xeloda after surgery had better disease-free survival than women who didn’t get chemotherapy after surgery: 74.1% of the women treated with Xeloda were alive with no recurrence.

How do you reduce the side effects of Xeloda?

Does capecitabine affect the heart?

Cardiotoxicity is a rare side effect of capecitabine chemotherapy, most commonly secondary to coronary artery vasospasm. Acute heart failure leading to cardiogenic shock is a rare form of cardiotoxicity that should be considered in patients on capecitabine.

How long before Xeloda side effects start?

This can happen as soon as a few days after you start taking capecitabine, during treatment, or up to a month after your last dose of capecitabine. The risk of bleeding is higher in people with cancer and those over age 60.

Will I lose my hair with capecitabine?

How effective is Xeloda treatment?

In general, Xeloda is effective and well tolerated. However, if you experience bothersome side effects or if the medication is not adequately controlling your symptoms, there are several alternatives to Xeloda. Some of these include: Medications (including chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and biological therapy).

What should I do if I overdose on Xeloda?

Overdosing on Xeloda is dangerous. Always follow your doctor’s dosing instructions when taking Xeloda. If you take too much Xeloda, contact the poison control center immediately at 1-800-222-1222. Symptoms of Xeloda overdose include: gastrointestinal bleeding; vomiting; diarrhea; and nausea. Treatment for a Xeloda overdose may involve supportive care and dialysis to remove excess amounts of the drug from your system.

Can Xeloda cure cancer?

Xeloda is used to treat colon cancer, and breast or colorectal cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. Xeloda is often used in combination with other cancer medications and/or radiation treatments.

Is Xeloda chemotherapy?

Xeloda (capecitabine) is an oral chemo, which is a prodrug of 5-fluorouracil- a type of chemotherapy that has been used for many different cancers. Xeloda (capecitabine) is an effective chemotherapy for some cancers- such as gastrointestinal cancers ( colon, rectal, stomach, esophageal etc), breast cancer- but not for all type of cancer.