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Buy Capecitabine

Buy Capecitabine

Capecitabine (Xeloda) is a chemotherapy drug. It is used to treat many types of cancer including breast, colon, rectal, stomach, oesophageal and pancreatic cancers.

It is best to read this information with our general information about chemotherapy and the type of cancer you have.

Capecitabine is given as tablets. You usually have it as an outpatient. Your cancer doctor or nurse will tell you how often you will have it.

Uses

Capecitabine is used to treat breast, colon, or rectal cancer. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells.

How to use Capecitabine

Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking capecitabine and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually 2 times a day; once in the morning and once in the evening. Swallow the tablets whole with a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 milliliters) within 30 minutes after a meal. Do not crush or split the tablets. If you have trouble swallowing the tablets whole, ask your health care professional for advice. Your doctor may direct you to take this medication in a treatment cycle. Carefully follow your doctor's instructions.

How Capecitabine Works:

Cancerous tumors are characterized by cell division, which is no longer controlled as it is in normal tissue. "Normal" cells stop dividing when they come into contact with like cells, a mechanism known as contact inhibition. Cancerous cells lose this ability. Cancer cells no longer have the normal checks and balances in place that control and limit cell division. The process of cell division, whether normal or cancerous cells, is through the cell cycle. The cell cycle goes from the resting phase, through active growing phases, and then to mitosis (division).

The ability of chemotherapy to kill cancer cells depends on its ability to halt cell division. Usually, the drugs work by damaging the RNA or DNA that tells the cell how to copy itself in division. If the cells are unable to divide, they die. The faster the cells are dividing, the more likely it is that chemotherapy will kill the cells, causing the tumor to shrink. They also induce cell suicide (self-death or apoptosis).

Precautions:

Before starting capecitabine treatment, make sure you tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking (including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, herbal remedies, etc.). Do not take aspirin, products containing aspirin unless your doctor specifically permits this.

Avoid use of antacids within 2 hours of taking capecitabine.

If you are on warfarin (Coumadin®) as a blood-thinner, adjustments may need to be made to your dose based on blood work.

Capecitabine may be inadvisable if you have had a hypersensitivity (allergic) reaction to fluorouracil.

Do not receive any kind of immunization or vaccination without your doctor's approval while taking capecitabine.

For both men and women: Do not conceive a child (get pregnant) while taking capecitabine. Barrier methods of contraception, such as condoms, are recommended. Discuss with your doctor when you may safely become pregnant or conceive a child after therapy.

Do not breast feed while taking capecitabine.

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