Xeloda Drug Class
Available by prescription only, Xeloda® (capecitabine) is a drug used to treat breast cancer and colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum). This chemotherapy drug is taken by mouth, typically within 30 minutes after a meal. Specifically, Xeloda is approved to be used:
- Alone to prevent the return of colon cancer that has spread to at least one lymph node after surgery has removed the tumor
- Alone to treat metastatic colorectal cancer (cancer that has spread to other parts of the body)
- In combination with docetaxel (Taxotere®) to treat metastatic breast cancer in people whose tumors are resistant to anthracycline chemotherapy medications.
Xeloda belongs to a class of drugs called antimetabolites. It works by interfering with a cell's ability to make new DNA, decreasing the amount of cancer cells that multiply. Xeloda also causes certain parts of the cells to stop functioning.
(For more information, click Xeloda Uses. This article describes in more detail how the drug works, lists other uses for the medication, and talks about whether it can be given to children.)