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What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking capecitabine if you have:
  • Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Liver disease, including liver failure or cirrhosis
  • Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Capecitabine to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)

Uses for Capecitabine

Specific capecitabine uses include the treatment of:
  • Colon cancer after surgery.
  • Colon or rectal cancer that has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic colorectal cancer).
  • Breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic breast cancer). This is treated with a combination of capecitabine and docetaxel (Taxotere®).
  • Metastatic breast cancer in people who have not improved after treatment with other medicines, including paclitaxel (Onxol®, Taxol®) and anthracycline chemotherapy medications, or for those who cannot take any more anthracycline medications.
(Click What Is Capecitabine Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)
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