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Capecitabine 500 mg is a cancer drug that prevents the growth of tumor cells and delays their replication.
The drug is intended for the treatment of breast cancer, as well as colon or rectum cancer that has transmitted to the other body parts.
Capecitabine 500 mg is usually taken together with other cancer drugs and/or radiation therapy.
Capecitabine can be used for the treatment of some other diseases as well.
Benefits of Capecitabine
Capecitabine 500mg is used as oral chemotherapy for the treatment of different cancers, including metastatic or locally advanced breast cancer (after the failure of other drugs); Dukes’ stage C colorectal cancer (which suggest the involvement of lymph nodes); first line treatment for metastatic colorectal cancer (cancer of the bowel and rectum); initial therapy for OG cancer (stomach and gullet cancer). Capecitabine 500mg can be taken alone or together with other cytotoxic cancer drugs.
How to use Capecitabine 500 mg?
The pills must be swallowed whole during the meal (or at least half an hour before eating) twice a day (preferably in the morning and before sleep). The dosage depends on the duration of treatment and the recommendation of your health care professional. Usually, Capecitabine should be taken for a certain number of weeks followed by a week off. In addition, you can use the other cytotoxic drugs recommended by your physician. Keep taking Capecitabine for as long as prescribed. The duration of treatment depends on your reaction to the treatment.
Adverse effects of Capecitabine 500 mg
Seek immediate medical assistance if you notice any of the following symptoms of an allergic response: rash; breathing problems; face swelling.
Avoid taking this drug if you have allergy to Capecitabine or fluorouracil, or if you suffer from serious kidney disorder or a metabolic disease known as dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase deficiency.
Before starting the treatment, inform your physician if you suffer from kidney/liver disorder, ischemic heart disease, or if you’re currently using folic acid (which is a component of most vitamin and mineral supplements).