What is Capegard-500 (Capecitabine) used for?
Capegard-500 (Capecitabine) is an oral medication typically used to treat bowel or stomach cancer. It operates by interfering with the reproduction of cancer cells to prevent their spread or growth of tumors. This action may also make it useful for treating colon cancer or breast cancer. It is commonly used along with surgery or other procedures to remove the tumors and prevent remission. Your physician may also recommend its use for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Capegard-500 (Capecitabine)?
Capegard-500 (Capecitabine) should always be used strictly according to the directions of your physician as any misuse may cause serious health problems. Most patients are prescribed to take one tablet two times each day, once in the morning and another in the evening. The normal course of medication is two weeks of two daily doses followed by a one week break from administration. The tablets should be swallowed whole along with a full glass of water and a meal to prevent nausea. Do not change the form of the tablets by crushing or splitting them as this may destroy or alter their effects. Ask your physician any questions you have about the medicine before beginning use as any mistakes can have serious health consequences.
What are the side effects of Capegard-500 (Capecitabine)?
Some patients using Capegard-500 (Capecitabine) may experience side effects including:
Serious side effects that may require immediate medical attention are fever, flu symptoms, severe nausea, loss of appetite, sensitive skin, easier bruising, unusual swelling, vomiting a substance resembling coffee grounds, darkened urine, discolored stools, or jaundice. Inform your physician as soon as any unusual symptoms occur to make sure the necessary adjustments are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent further complications from occurring.
Capegard-500 (Capecitabine) should not be taken by patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, allergic to fluorouracil, lactose intolerant, under the age of eighteen, or who have low platelet counts, low white blood cell counts, a DPD deficiency, who have severely reduced liver function, severely decreased kidney function, or who have taken medications to treat shingles or herpes within the last four weeks. Also inform your physician if you have diabetes, a history of heart disease, a disease affecting the nervous system, electrolyte level disturbances, chronic diarrhea, or reduced liver or kidney function. These conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring special alterations to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Capegard-500 (Capecitabine). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.