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When and How to Take Capecitabine

Some general considerations for when and how to take this medicine include the following:
  • Capecitabine comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth twice a day for two weeks, followed by a one-week break.
  • Your dose should be taken within 30 minutes after a meal.
  • The medication should be taken at the same times each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
  • For this drug to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Capecitabine will not work if you stop taking it.

Dosing Information

The dose of capecitabine your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Capecitabine Dosing for more information.)

Drug Interactions

Capecitabine can potentially interact with a few other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Capecitabine).

What If I Take an Overdose of Capecitabine?

People who take too much capecitabine may have overdose symptoms that could include:
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Bone marrow depression (a decrease in bone marrow's ability to make blood cells).
(Click Xeloda Overdose for more information.)
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