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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

  • heart disease

  • infection (especially a virus infection such as chickenpox, cold sores, or herpes)

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to capecitabine, 5-fluorouracil, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

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

  • folic acid

  • leucovorin

  • medicines to increase blood counts like filgrastim, pegfilgrastim, sargramostim

  • phenytoin

  • vaccines

  • warfarin

Talk to your doctor or health care professional before taking any of these medicines:

  • acetaminophen

  • aspirin

  • ibuprofen

  • ketoprofen

  • naproxen

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

  • breathing problems

  • changes in vision

  • chest pain

  • diarrhea of more than 4 bowel movements in one day or any diarrhea at night

  • mouth sores

  • 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

  • stomach pain

  • vomiting

  • 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):

  • constipation

  • diarrhea

  • dry or itchy skin

  • hair loss

  • loss of appetite

  • nausea

  • 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.


Comfort. Privacy. Peace of Mind. Flexibility.

At the Maternity Place at Broward Health Medical Center, we have it all. The Maternity Place provides comprehensive and highly specialized obstetric and pediatric care.

We supply comfortable, home-like birthing accommodations that allow you to include your family in the first hours of your baby's life. We offer you peace of mind by providing quality care for all mothers including those who are high-risk.

Our family-centered program offers:

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Our comprehensive services include:

Perinatal Education Program At Maternity Place, we will assist you and your family every step of the way. Our comprehensive perinatal education program provides a variety of classes to meet your every need starting as early as 20 weeks. [more…]

The Lactation Center - Founded to provide support to you and your newborn as you begin the process of breastfeeding, the Lactation Center is also here to assist with any questions or concerns that may arise during this exciting time. [more...]

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Labor and Delivery - Offers flexibility in choosing how you want the birth of your baby to unfold and will help in fulfilling your wishes regarding pain relief, use of a midwife and other considerations.

Labor/Delivery/Recovery Suites - Each of our birthing suites are attractively furnished and are equipped with the latest technology, including central fetal monitoring and specialized birthing beds.

C-Section Surgical Suites - If surgery is needed, our state-of-the-art C-section surgical suites are located within the obstetrics units. That means no delays when time is important. Your husband or birthing coach is welcome within the surgical suite to provide the support you need.

24-hour In-House Specialists - Leaving nothing to chance, we are staffed with an anesthesiologist, neonatologist, obstetrician and certified nurse midwife. That means you can get the support you need quickly without waiting for an on-call specialist to arrive on site.

24-hour Neonatal Unit - You'll feel confident knowing Chris Evert Children's Hospital has both a Level III and Level II Neonatal Unit. The unit is staffed on a 24-hour basis by neonatologists and highly skilled nurses who can provide expert care for any baby needing special attention. The 63-bed NICU is one of the largest and most sophisticated in Florida. As a state-designated Level III unit, the NICU is able to support the tiniest and most fragile of babies. Our multidisciplinary team, which includes neonatologists, specially trained nurses, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, pediatric pharmacists, occupational therapists, case managers and social workers, provides around-the-clock, in-house coverage.

  • In-house transport team which provides air and ground service on a 24/7 availability.
  • Parent Support Group which meets weekly and is staffed by a Social Worker and a NICU nurse/Lactation Consultant.
  • NICU based Lactation Consultant.
Find out more about the NICU at Chris Evert Children's Hospital.

Eye Screening Program - Babies visiting our neonatal intensive care center are screened by a board-certified pediatric ophthalmologist during their stay. Our goal is early detection of eye problems to increase the potential for early correction and decrease rapid loss of vision.

Maternity Unit/Nursery - After your delivery and recovery, you can choose between an attractive private room or upgrade to one of our private, deluxe Empress Suite. Enjoy your newborn in our private rooms that provide you with a homelike setting. Our family-centered approach to care gives you the opportunity to share your baby's first hours with other members of the family and allows you to choose whether to have your baby "room" with you or have him or her receive periodic care in our nursery.

Tea Time - As a great way to pamper yourself after giving birth, the Empress Suites offer  afternoon tea, including confections and truffles for an additional fee. If choosing to stay in the Empress Suite, tea time is provided as a complimentary service.

Family-Centered Visitation -
With our family centered approach to visitation, family members and friends can celebrate the joys of a newborn 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Children are welcome to be a part of the birthing experience as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

Although an exciting time for all those involved, it is also a time for precaution. To prevent the risk of infection and transmittable illnesses to precious newborns, we ask any potential visitors who are sick to please postpone visiting until well.

Newborn Channel - Information on caring for yourself or your baby post-partum is available with the push of a button through our dedicated Newborn Channel. Programming includes instruction on breastfeeding, bathing an infant, soothing a crying baby and much more.

Announcing Your News -To make it as easy as possible for parents to announce the arrival of their newborn, all rooms have Wi-Fi access so you can easily access your email and social media sites. Our hospital operators can help you place long distance calls and we grant each new mom with two complimentary long-distance phone calls (within the continental United States) to share the news with family or friends. For additional calls, long distance calling cards are available for purchase in our Gift Shop.

Infant Hearing Screening - All babies at the Maternity Place get off to the right start with our universal hearing screening.

More Information

For more information about the Maternity Place at Broward Health Medical Center, please call 954-468-5276.

For a referral to a Broward Health doctor, call the Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400.

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