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Capecitabine Oral tablet
What is this medicine?
CAPECITABINE (ka pe SITE a been) is a chemotherapy drug. It slows the growth of cancer cells. This medicine is used to treat breast cancer, and also colon or rectal cancer.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
bleeding or blood disorders
dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD) deficiency
infection (especially a virus infection such as chickenpox, cold sores, or herpes)
an unusual or allergic reaction to capecitabine, 5-fluorouracil, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water, within 30 minutes of the end of a meal. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Your doctor may want you to take a combination of 150 mg and 500 mg tablets for each dose. It is very important that you know how to correctly take your dose. Taking the wrong tablets could result in an overdose (too much medication) or underdose (too little medication).
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, do not take the missed dose at all. Do not take double or extra doses. Instead, continue with your next scheduled dose and check with your doctor.
What may interact with this medicine?
antacids with aluminum and/or magnesium
medicines to increase blood counts like filgrastim, pegfilgrastim, sargramostim
Talk to your doctor or health care professional before taking any of these medicines:
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor for checks on your progress. This drug may make you feel generally unwell. This is not uncommon, as chemotherapy can affect healthy cells as well as cancer cells. Report any side effects. Continue your course of treatment even though you feel ill unless your doctor tells you to stop.
In some cases, you may be given additional medicines to help with side effects. Follow all directions for their use.
Call your doctor or health care professional for advice if you get a fever, chills or sore throat, or other symptoms of a cold or flu. Do not treat yourself. This drug decreases your body's ability to fight infections. Try to avoid being around people who are sick.
This medicine may increase your risk to bruise or bleed. Call your doctor or health care professional if you notice any unusual bleeding.
Be careful brushing and flossing your teeth or using a toothpick because you may get an infection or bleed more easily. If you have any dental work done, tell your dentist you are receiving this medicine.
Avoid taking products that contain aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, or ketoprofen unless instructed by your doctor. These medicines may hide a fever.
Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine. Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information. Do not breast-feed an infant while taking this medicine.
Men are advised not to father a child while taking this medicine.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
low blood counts - this medicine may decrease the number of white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. You may be at increased risk for infections and bleeding.
signs of infection - fever or chills, cough, sore throat, pain or difficulty passing urine
signs of decreased platelets or bleeding - bruising, pinpoint red spots on the skin, black, tarry stools, blood in the urine
signs of decreased red blood cells - unusually weak or tired, fainting spells, lightheadedness
changes in vision
diarrhea of more than 4 bowel movements in one day or any diarrhea at night
nausea and vomiting
pain, swelling, redness at site where injected
pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
redness, swelling, or sores on hands or feet
yellow color of skin or eyes
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
dry or itchy skin
loss of appetite
weak or tired
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
The Department of Radiology is proud to introduce its new state-of-the-art Digital Mammography System in the fight against breast cancer. Broward Health Imperial Point patients now have access to the latest full-field digital technology for screening and diagnostic mammograms. This new technology enables the Radiologist to detect and further characterize suspicious or obscure pathology more precisely from the enhanced visibility and high contrast images the new system provides.
When it's time for your annual mammogram, ask your physician to prescribe a digital mammogram at Broward Health Imperial Point. Digital mammography is your newest ally in the fight against breast cancer. Digital images appear in seconds on a computer screen, revealing an exciting new world of diagnostic possibilities.
- Better visibility at the skin line
- Greater image flexibility
- Shorter exam times
- Faster results
- Fewer call backs
- Less anxiety
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc, breast cancer incidence in women has increased from one in 20 in 1960 to one in eight today. If detected early, the five-year survival rate for this disease exceeds 95%.
Similar to conventional film mammography, digital mammography utilizes the same breast positioning and compression. However, the new digital system allows for significantly less compression time during the mammogram, in addition to less waiting time between patients.
What are the benefits of digital mammography?
- Up to 40% less radiation dose over standard film mammography
- Results are seen more quickly
- Fewer callbacks or retakes
- More precise image quality for more accurate diagnosis
Give yourself the best technology when you schedule your annual mammogram!
Changing breast care forever
Request your digital mammogram for all the right reasons:
A digital mammography exam usually takes less than half the time of a traditional film-based exam, and there's less of a chance you'll be called back to retake your images.
Your physician will gain viewing options with the unique ability to enhance certain areas to get a more precise picture of your condition.
Your breast images can be zoomed in and out, and the contrast can be lightened or darkened. Also, through an inverting feature, black can reverse to white and white can change to black. This feature helps detect microcalcifications, which is like revealing a grain of salt in a ball of clay. All these image enhancements help aid in proper diagnosis.
Digital images give better visibility of the breast, particularly near the skin line, chest wall and in women with dense breast tissue. Also, digital images are helpful for women with implants and for imaging patients with known abnormalities.
Digital images can be viewed on workstations anywhere in the world allowing physicians to compare current images to past images.
Breast MRI Screening
For high risk patients, breast MRI can detect minuscule breast cancers. Breast MRI is a breast-imaging technique that captures multiple cross-sectional pictures of the breast and combines them to create detailed, 2-D and 3-D pictures. It is performed when doctors need more information than what a mammogram, ultrasound or clinical breast exam can provide. It works regardless of breast size, density, patient age, presence of implants and/or prior surgery.
Other benefits include:
- Detects 2-8% more cancers than physical exams or mammography
- Almost 100% sensitive for breast cancers down to 3 mm
- Allows for earlier diagnosis with more favorable tumor stage
Early detection is on your side
Every day we learn more about breast cancer and how to win the battle. One fact is very clear – the distinct advantage of early detection. Fortunately, breast cancer is highly detectable through digital mammography screening. If breast cancer is detected early, before it spreads, 98 percent of the women will be alive five years later. The earlier it’s discovered, the earlier it’s treated, the better your chance of survival.
Still have questions?
Find the answers to the most common questions about digital mammography here.
If you have a physician prescription for a mammogram, call Central Scheduling at 954-759-7500 for an appointment at Broward Health Imperial Point.
If you need a physician referral, please call the Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400.