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Get Complete Medical Information About Capecitabine Tablet Including Its Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Expert Advice, Faqs Of Capecitabine Tablet On



CAPECITABINE belongs to a group of medicines called cytostatic medicines. CAPECITABINE is used rectal, gastric, colon or breast cancers. Additionally, used to prevent recurrence of colon cancer after tumour removal by surgery.

Common side-effects

• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Abdominal pain
• Skin rash
• Tiredness
• Weight loss

It is not necessary for all people to experience the above side-effects.


• Take CAPECITABINE within 30 minutes after your meal daily.
• Your doctor will advise you to get laboratory tests done before and during the treatment for evaluating your health condition.
• CAPECITABINE is usually not recommended for children under 18 years of age.
• You are recommended to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
• You may experience severe nausea and vomiting during or after the treatment. Take medicines accordingly as advised by your doctor.
• Breast-feeding mothers, pregnant women or woman trying to conceive are recommended to avoid taking CAPECITABINE because it can cause serious abnormalities to the baby.
• Inform your doctor if you have DPD (Dihydropyrimidine Dehydrogenase) deficiency because you may experience adverse side effects after taking CAPECITABINE, if you have DPD deficiency.


Q. How does CAPECITABINE work? A. CAPECITABINE belongs to a class of chemotherapy drugs. CAPECITABINE works by lowering or arresting the cell growth by interfering with genetic material (DNA & RNA). Inhibition of genetic material leads to cell death. DNA & RNA are important for cell division and survival. Hence patients may be recommended adjuvant (post-surgery) or chemotherapy with CAPECITABINE to overcome cancer.
Q. Can I take phenytoin while taking CAPECITABINE? A. No, you are advised not to take phenytoin while taking CAPECITABINE because CAPECITABINE may increase the phenytoin levels in the body and cause phenytoin toxicity. Phenytoin toxicity may cause fever, vomiting, nystagmus (involuntary eye movement), ataxia (impaired balance or coordination) or coma.
Q. Does CAPECITABINE cause hair loss? A. Yes, CAPECITABINE causes hair loss. CAPECITABINE kills cells that are rapidly dividing, but chemotherapy drugs affect normal cells also as it does not have the ability of differentiating healthy and cancerous cells. CAPECITABINE affect hair follicles leading to hair loss.
Q. Can I take vaccination while using CAPECITABINE? A. No, you are advised not to have vaccinations/immunizations unless your doctor tells you to take. This is because CAPECITABINE supress body's immune system by reducing white blood cell count and prevents antibodies (kills foreign organisms) production, thus causing vaccines not to work.
Q. Can CAPECITABINE cause infections? A. Yes, CAPECITABINE might cause infections as CAPECITABINE is known to decrease white blood cells count. White blood cells are involved in protecting the body against foreign organisms causing infections. Your doctor will regularly monitor blood cell count during the treatment to check any decrease in the cell count.