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Unlike many other chemotherapy drugs that are administered intravenously, Xeloda® (capecitabine) is an oral medication that comes in the form of a tablet (pill). It is approved for use in adults only and is prescribed for the treatment of breast cancer and colorectal cancer.
 
Xeloda works to fight cancer in a couple of ways. For example, the medication:
 
  • Interferes with a cell's ability to make new DNA (molecules that contain the cell's genetic information)
  • Causes important parts of the cell to stop functioning.
     
Xeloda is taken by mouth twice a day for two weeks, followed by a one-week break. Common side effects include anemia, nausea, and diarrhea. However, the medicine is generally well tolerated.
 
(To learn more about taking these pills correctly, click Xeloda. This article offers a complete overview of this product, including information on its effectiveness, overdose information, and safety issues to discuss with your healthcare provider.)
 
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