The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved capecitabine (Xeloda®) to treat breast cancer and colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum). This medication is different from most other chemotherapy drugs in that it is given by mouth rather than intravenously. The tablets are generally taken twice a day, but certain factors can affect the dose you are prescribed.
Like most medicines used for chemotherapy, capecitabine can cause side effects, the most common of which are diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. People with liver or kidney disease, as well as women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, may need to use a different product due to an increased risk for complications.
(Click Capecitabine to learn more about this drug, including how it works, what to do in cases of overdose, and important information for your healthcare provider.)