capecitabine - oral, Xeloda
GENERIC NAME: CAPECITABINE - ORAL (cap-eh-SIT-uh-bean)
BRAND NAME(S): Xeloda
WARNING: Capecitabine may interact with "blood thinners" (anticoagulants such as warfarin or phenprocoumon) and cause serious, rarely fatal bleeding. In some cases, this bleeding has occurred up to one month after stopping capecitabine as well as during treatment.
If you are using an anticoagulant, your laboratory tests (INR/PT) will be closely monitored. Report any signs of bleeding or bruising (such as black stools) to your doctor immediately.
USES: Capecitabine is used alone or with other treatments/medications to treat certain types of cancer (e.g., of the breast, colon, rectum). It works by slowing or stopping cancer cell growth and by decreasing tumor size.
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