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User Reviews for Capecitabine

Also known as: Xeloda

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Stomach Cancer 1 reviews 6 medications
   
10
Colorectal Cancer 8 reviews 15 medications
   
9.5
Breast Cancer 3 reviews 56 medications
   
5.3
Breast Cancer, Metastatic 7 reviews 28 medications
   
4.7
Summary of Capecitabine reviews 19 reviews 7.4

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For Breast Cancer: "My mom was hospitalized three days after taking a low dose of this poison. Even before she started, she was not really eating and drinking (receiving hydration IVs three days a week). Her liver was so swollen that she could barely swallow her tiny pain pills every four hours. We had to be creative -using honey and Jell-O to keep pills from getting stuck in her throat. I’m guessing that this drug is intended for younger or healthier people, and that in my mom’s case, it probably robbed her of some precious time with her family. She is so much weaker now than before."

   
1.0

Jesselina October 10, 2016

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Xeloda (capecitabine) for Breast Cancer: "Xeloda has brought my tm's down slowly but consistently. However, when I changed to the Mylan brand ( insurance made me switch to the Accredo mail order)I had a horrible experience after one cycle. The other products/binders in this brand included lactose and a combination similar to Miralax. I became lactose intolerant and dehydrated due to severe diarrhea. Also had severe myalgia and arthralgia.I am now back on the Teva brand and seem to be doing well."

   
5.0

Lizzie5 (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 10, 2016

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Xeloda (capecitabine) for Breast Cancer, Metastatic: "Appears I have developed lactose intolerance on my third cycle"

Lizzie5 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 30, 2016

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For Breast Cancer, Metastatic: "I began this drug when diagnosed 9 months ago with Stage IV Metastatic CA. I take 4 pills in the a.m. and 3 in the p.m. I began on the 14 days on and 7 days off regime. Went ok with only a little nausea at first, but a few cycles in had severe diarrhea and stomach pain to the point of passing out on the toilet. The next day diarrhea with bloody stools. My oncologist changed the cycle to 1 week on and 1 week off and I have had much less severe side effects. I do get a day or two with a bout of diarrhea and sometimes a day or 2 of foot redness even with using creams faithfully. However, my CT scan confirms my cancer liver spots have decreased and shrunk. My bone spots are healing in places and there are no new areas seen...so far, so good."

   
8.0

bjmonson July 10, 2016

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Xeloda (capecitabine) for Breast Cancer, Metastatic: "I am thankful this drug didn't kill me! After taking this drug for 8 days the side effects started and went from bad to worse...blisters on hands, and hands and feet as well as every fold in my skin turned black and I had severe diahrea, that ended up putting me in the hospital for 6 days. The medicine reacted to my colon and it was wide open, couldn't hold anything down, lost 17 pounds is 7 days, although the weight loss was welcomed, I wouldn't suggest going about it this way. I stuck it out for the full 14 day regime and my doctor believes that with taking the drug for the first cycle hopefully it shrunk some of the tumors which are in my jaw, spine, collar bone and left femur. New treatmen coming after I recover from Xeloda!"

   
2.0

BC Survivor May 18, 2016

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Xeloda (capecitabine) for Breast Cancer, Metastatic: "My husband is on it and is extremely fatigued- and I MEAN TIRED to where he can't walk w/o getting out of breath. He also coughs constantly and brings up white foamy phlegm. L girl, you said your mom passed soon after taking the drug. I'm so sorry. Did she have issues with lungs and/or cough? I hope you see this but I'm not sure you will since we can't message people on here apparently."

   
3.0

janmarbol (taken for less than 1 month) April 17, 2016

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Xeloda (capecitabine) for Breast Cancer, Metastatic: "I've been on Xeloda for 5 months. I have extreme traveling pains. Once I woke up at 3am and my right hand felt like someone had stabbed me with a knife and the knife was still in it. This lasted for 3 days. Next it was my left leg at the hip joint. I couldn't walk on it. Lots of pain when I moved it. It lasted about 4 days. Next was in my jaw joint. Painful swelling, couldn't bite down on anything..another 3 day episode. The pain is horrible. I go for scans in two weeks to see why my tumor markers went up. Could be from the inflammation xeloda is causing, could be xeloda is not working for me and the cancer is spreading. Will know soon."

   
6.0

cher61 April 4, 2016

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Xeloda (capecitabine) for Breast Cancer, Metastatic: "My mom took this medication and not long after she passed away. I think this medication played a good part. I wouldn't take it if I was any1 but hopefully it might work for you."

   
1.0

L girl November 19, 2015

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Xeloda (capecitabine) for Stomach Cancer: "My father suffered from CA esophagus stage II A. it was very difficult situation he suffered from..had 13 cm of length in esophagus and after 3 chemotherapy of epirubicin, oxaloplatin and with Xeloda tabs ..it was amazing reduction in size up to 2 cm only..then we had operation and again same back up plan with 3 chemo and xeloda....its almost 3 years and he is safe i m happy ..thank god"

   
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app... April 9, 2015

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For Colorectal Cancer: "Only on my 3rd week of this medicine but finding it far less intrusive than the Folfox (5FU) treatment I had 4 years ago via drip and permanent line, with a pump for 48 hours each treatment. Some thinning of hair, not really noticeable, and lots of my friends have less hair than me anyway! I'm a keen runner and cyclist, and do find that I can't push myself as hard anymore, get very short of breath on up-hills. But at least I'm still able to lead an active lifestyle, hill walking causes no trouble at all. Feel slightly nauseous quite frequently, but not been sick yet, and brush my teeth half a dozen times a day to ensure no soreness (which I had with 5FU). Slight soreness on soles of feet, particularly after long runs or walks."

   
8.0

AndyW (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 2, 2014

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Xeloda (capecitabine) for Colorectal Cancer: "Found out I had colon cancer and thought that was the end of me. Xeloda was very easy to take, twice daily for two weeks. One week off with testing. A small amount of tenderness in the mouth was the only problem, and that was minor. Only noticed it when I decided to try one of my diet favorites which is hot sauce."

   
10

Jim (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 2, 2013

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Xeloda (capecitabine) for Breast Cancer: "Good"

   
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Lidya (taken for 1 to 2 years) November 2, 2012

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Xeloda (capecitabine) for Colorectal Cancer: "I have been on Xeloda since October 2011 and haven't had any of the side effects listed. I have been able to maintain my appetite and haven't lost my hair. Actually, my hair has thinned just a little, gained a little bit more body and is getting lighter. This has been a very positive experience as far as chemo goes. I definitely will do Xeloda again (If I have to). There is a questionable mass on my lung...surgeon says cancer....oncologist no sure...and it is shrinking. I'm unsure if it is related to the combination medication I was on or Xeloda. I will hopefully determine that with this cycle of Xeloda on its own. "

   
10

Anonymous February 4, 2012

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Xeloda (capecitabine) for Colorectal Cancer: "My father was diagnosed with stage four colo-rectal cancer one year ago. I'm thankful for Xeloda it has worked in shrinking the tumor on his colon, he has not lost hair, does not vomit or have constant diarrhea, is eating well and can still taste flavors of the food he eats, I thank the God for this. But he does have other symptoms like pain and peeling on his hands and feet, blackness on his hands and bottom of his feet. I do notice he has chills, feels week and disoriented at times, body aches and his hearing is not as good as it was before."

   
8.0

vange November 18, 2011

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For Colorectal Cancer: "I am using this now, have already had 6 weeks treatment. It helped shrink the tumor before surgery. I am on a further 6 months course to eradicate any cells left and have had no side effects at all."

   
10

sacoma August 22, 2009

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Xeloda (capecitabine) for Breast Cancer, Metastatic: "I have advanced breast cancer in treatment. Xeloda has been better than being stuck in the chemo suite at my oncologist's office all the time. I just take the pills and they are pretty easy to take, compared to the infusions. Now I just have to go once a month to get my Taxotere. My nurse also has me putting lots of lotion on my hands and feet to prevent side effects, so far my hands are just dry sometimes. The best part is my hair is coming back. If I'd known this drug was available earlier, I'd have asked for it."

   
9.0

Anonymous May 3, 2009

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Xeloda (capecitabine) for Colorectal Cancer: "This drug saved my life. It eradicated my tumor and made it possible for me to have a much less extensive surgery than anticipated. I had very few side effects and the ones I did have were easily managed with medicine."

   
10

Oose October 25, 2008

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For Colorectal Cancer: "My mum was on this medication for approximately 12 months. Compared to the Folfox-4 protocol, this medication delivers the same effectiveness with significantly less side effects in addition to the convenience of being in tablet form. The only side effect that caused mum to discontinue the treatment was decreased white blood count causing reduced immunity (similar to other protocols)."

   
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omaralim July 19, 2008

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Xeloda (capecitabine) for Colorectal Cancer: "I had little to no side effects. It elimanated one tumor and slowed the grouth of the other."

   
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Anonymous March 27, 2008

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