When treating breast or colorectal cancer with capecitabine, dosing guidelines will vary based on certain factors, such as your weight and height. Capecitabine is taken twice a day for two weeks, followed by a one-week break. If you experience bothersome or dangerous capecitabine side effects, your healthcare provider may decide to lower your dose or have you stop taking capecitabine for a while.
Capecitabine Dosing: An IntroductionThe dose of capecitabine (Xeloda®) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your height and weight
- The type and severity of your cancer (see Breast Cancer Stages or Colon Cancer Stages)
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your capecitabine dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Your healthcare provider will calculate your capecitabine dose based on your body surface area (which is calculated using your height and weight). Capecitabine is taken every day for two weeks, followed by a one-week break. If you experience bothersome or dangerous capecitabine side effects, your healthcare provider may decide to lower your dose or have you stop taking capecitabine for a while.
General Capecitabine Dosing InformationSome considerations for people taking capecitabine include the following:
- Capecitabine comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth twice a day.
- Capecitabine should be taken within 30 minutes after a meal.
- Capecitabine should be taken at the same times each day to maintain an even level of the medication in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Capecitabine will not work if you stop taking it.
- If you are unsure about anything related to capecitabine or your capecitabine dosage, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.