Xeloda Warnings and Precautions
Understanding Xeloda warnings and precautions can help ensure a safe treatment process. For example, the medication can cause heart problems or drug interactions. Also, Xeloda is likely to cause harm to a fetus if taken during pregnancy. Xeloda is not suitable for everyone; you should not take Xeloda if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the medication. Prior to taking Xeloda, be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have any allergies or kidney, liver, or heart disease.
Xeloda: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Xeloda® (capecitabine) if you have:
- Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver disease, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- Heart disease
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Xeloda Warnings and PrecautionsSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Xeloda include the following:
- The liver and kidneys help clear Xeloda from the body. If you have liver or kidney disease, talk with your healthcare provider before taking Xeloda. Depending on the severity of your condition, your healthcare provider may recommend adjusting your Xeloda dosage or not taking Xeloda altogether.
- Let your healthcare provider know if you have severe diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or mouth sores. Also let your healthcare provider know if you have a fever (or other signs of an infection) or redness and tenderness of the palms of your hands or the soles of your feet.
- Xeloda can cause heart problems, including heart attacks and irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias). These problems appear to be more common in people who already have heart disease.
- Xeloda can interact with other medications (see Xeloda Drug Interactions).
- Xeloda is considered a pregnancy Category D medication. This means that Xeloda is likely to cause harm to a fetus during pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of taking the drug during pregnancy (see Xeloda and Pregnancy).
- It is not known if Xeloda passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Xeloda and Breastfeeding).