Xeloda

Xeloda is a prescription medication that is licensed to treat breast cancer and colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum). In particular, it is used to treat colon cancer after surgery; colorectal or breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body; and metastatic breast cancer in people who have not improved after other treatment. Xeloda comes in the form of a tablet that is taken by mouth twice a day. Possible side effects include anemia, diarrhea, and nausea.

What Is Xeloda?

Xeloda® (capecitabine) is a prescription medication used to treat breast cancer and colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum). Unlike a number of other chemotherapy medicines that are given intravenously, Xeloda is taken by mouth.
 

Who Makes Xeloda?

It is made by Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc.
 

What Is It Used For?

Specific uses of the drug include the treatment of:
 
  • Colon cancer after surgery.
     
  • Colon or rectal cancer that has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic colorectal cancer).
     
  • Breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic breast cancer) -- this is treated with a combination of Xeloda and docetaxel (Taxotere®).
     
  • Metastatic breast cancer in people who have not improved after treatment with other medicines, including paclitaxel (Onxol®, Taxol®) and anthracycline chemotherapy medications, or for those who cannot take any more anthracycline medications.
     
(Click Xeloda Uses for more information on what the drug is used for, including possible off-label uses.)
 
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