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A healthcare provider may prescribe Xeloda® (capecitabine) to treat colorectal cancer or breast cancer. This medication works by interfering with cancer cells' DNA production, which helps prevent these cells from multiplying (it affects healthy cells, too, but the effects are greater on cancerous cells). Although this drug is generally safe for most people, there are some important dangers with Xeloda to be aware of.
For example, if you have certain allergies or have severe kidney disease, Xeloda may not be the right cancer medication for you. In addition, it can react with certain other drugs, and may cause certain heart problems for people who already have heart disease.
Side effects are also possible with this drug -- some of which are potentially dangerous. For example, Xeloda could cause serious gastrointestinal bleeding, liver damage, or blood clots. If you have kidney or liver disease, you might need to take a different medication.
(Click Xeloda Warnings and Precautions and Xeloda Side Effects to learn more about possible dangers associated with the use of this drug and how likely you are to experience them.)
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