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Xeloda® (capecitabine) is a medication used in the treatment of cancer -- namely, it is used to treat breast cancer and colorectal cancer. Although most people can take Xeloda safely, there are some precautions and warnings to be aware of before you begin treatment.
For example, this drug does carry the possibility of side effects. The most common ones include anemia, hand-and-foot syndrome, and diarrhea. Potentially serious reactions include liver problems, blood clots, and allergic reaction.
To help ensure your safety with Xeloda, tell your healthcare provider about any other medicines you are taking and any other medical conditions you have. Xeloda can react negatively with some drugs, and people with severe liver or kidney disease, for example, may need to take a different cancer medication.
(For more safety information on this medication, click Xeloda Side Effects and Xeloda Warnings and Precautions. These articles explain how often certain side effects occurred in clinical studies and what else your healthcare provider needs to know.)
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