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Capecitabine 150 mg
Dexcel Pharma



Capecitabine 150mg film-coated tablets
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this Children and adolescents
medicine because it contains important information for you. Capecitabine 150mg is not indicated in children and
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
adolescents. Do not give Capecitabine 150mg, to children
and adolescents.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or
Other medicines and Capecitabine 150mg tablets
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not
Before starting treatment, tell your doctor or pharmacist if
pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other
of illness are the same as yours.
medicines. This is extremely important, as taking more than
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or
one medicine at the same time can strengthen or weaken the
pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not
effect of the medicines. You need to be particularly careful if
listed in this leaflet.
you are taking any of the following:
• gout medicines (allopurinol),
What is in this leaflet
1. What Capecitabine 150mg tablets are and what they are • blood-thinning medicines (coumarin, warfarin),
• certain anti-viral medicines (sorivudine and brivudine),
used for
2. What you need to know before you take Capecitabine • medicines for seizures or tremors (phenytoin),
150mg tablets
• interferon alpha or
3. How to take Capecitabine 150mg tablets
• radiotherapy and certain medicines used to treat cancer
(folinic acid, oxaliplatin, bevacizumab, cisplatin, irinotecan)
4. Possible side effects
• medicines used to treat folic acid deficiency.
5. How to store Capecitabine 150mg tablets
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Capecitabine 150mg tablets with food, drink and alcohol
1. What Capecitabine 150mg tablets are and what they You should take Capecitabine-150mg tablets no later than
are used for
30 minutes after meals.
Capecitabine 150mg tablets belongs to the group of medicines Pregnancy and breast-feeding
called "cytostatic medicines", which stop the growth of Before starting treatment, you must tell your doctor if you
cancer cells. Capecitabine 150mg tablets contains 150 mg are pregnant, if you think you are pregnant or if you intend to
capecitabine, which itself is not a cytostatic medicine. Only after become pregnant. You must not take Capecitabine 150mg
being absorbed by the body is it changed into an active anti- tablets if you are pregnant or think you might be. You must not
cancer medicine (more in tumour tissue than in normal tissue). breast-feed if you are taking Capecitabine 150mg tablets. Ask
Capecitabine 150mg tablets is used in the treatment of colon, your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
rectal, gastric, or breast cancers. Furthermore, Capecitabine Driving and using machines
150mg tablets is used to prevent new occurrence of colon Capecitabine 150mg tablets may make you feel dizzy, nauseous
cancer after complete removal of the tumour by surgery.
or tired. It is therefore possible that Capecitabine 150mg tablets
Capecitabine 150mg tablets may be used either alone or in could affect your ability to drive a car or operate machinery.
combination with other medicines.
3. How to take Capecitabine 150mg tablets
2. What you need to know before you take Capecitabine Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist
150mg tablets
has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you
Do not take Capecitabine 150mg tablets:
are not sure.
• if you are allergic to capecitabine or any of the other Capecitabine 150mg should only be prescribed by a doctor
ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6). You must experienced in the use of anticancer medicines. Capecitabine
tell your doctor if you know that you have an allergy or 150mg tablets should be swallowed whole with water and
over-reaction to this medicine,
within 30 minutes of a meal.
• if you previously have had severe reactions to
fluoropyrimidine therapy (a group of anticancer medicines Your doctor will prescribe a dose and treatment regimen that
is right for you. The dose of Capecitabine 150mg tablets is
such as fluorouracil),
based on your body surface area. This is calculated from
• if you are pregnant or breastfeeding,
your height and weight. The usual dose for adults is 1250
• if you have severely low levels of white cells or
mg/m2 of body surface area taken two times daily (morning
platelets in the blood (leucopenia, neutropenia or
and evening). Two examples are provided here: A person
whose body weight is 64 kg and height is 1.64 m has a body
• if you have severe liver or kidney problems,
• if you have a known deficiency for the enzyme surface area of 1.7 m and should take 4 tablets of 500 mg
dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD) involved in the and 1 tablet of 150 mg two times daily. A person whose body
weight is 80 kg and height is 1.80 m has a body surface area
metabolism of uracil and thymine, or
• if you are being treated now or have been treated in the of 2.00 m and should take 5 tablets of 500 mg two times daily.
last 4 weeks with brivudine, sorivudine or similar classes of Capecitabine 150mg tablets are usually taken for 14 days
substance as part of herpes zoster (chickenpox or shingles) followed by a 7 day rest period (when no tablets are taken).
This 21 day period is one treatment cycle.
Warnings and precautions
In combination with other medicines the usual dose for adults
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Capecitabine may be less than 1250 mg/m2 of body surface area, and you
150mg tablets:
may need to take the tablets over a different time period (e.g.
• if you have liver or kidney diseases
every day, with no rest period).
• if you have or had heart problems (for example, an irregular Your doctor will tell you what dose you need to take, when to
heartbeat or pains to the chest, jaw and back brought on take it and for how long you need to take it.
by physical effort and due to problems with the blood flow Your doctor may want you to take a combination of 150 mg
to the heart)
and 500 mg tablets for each dose.
• if you have brain diseases (for example, cancer that has • Take the tablets morning and evening as prescribed by
spread to the brain, or nerve damage (neuropathy)
your doctor.
• if you have calcium imbalances (seen in blood tests)
• Take the tablets within 30 minutes after the end of a
• if you have diabetes
meal (breakfast and dinner).
• if you cannot keep food or water in your body because of • It is important that you take all your medicine as
severe nausea and vomiting
prescribed by your doctor.
• if you have diarrhoea
If you take more Capecitabine 150mg tablets
• if you are or become dehydrated
• if you have imbalances of ions in your blood (electrolyte If you take more Capecitabine 150mg than you should, contact
your doctor as soon as possible before taking the next dose.
imbalances, seen in tests)
• if you have a history of eye problems as you may need You might get the following side effects if you take a lot more
capecitabine than you should: feeling or being sick, diarrhoea,
extra monitoring of your eyes
inflammation or ulceration of the gut or mouth, pain or bleeding
• if you have a severe skin reaction
from the intestine or stomach, or bone marrow depression
DPD deficiency: DPD deficiency is a rare condition present at (reduction in certain kinds of blood cells). Tell your doctor
birth that is not usually associated with health problems unless immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
you receive certain medicines. If you have an unrecognised
DPD deficiency and take Capecitabine 150mg you may If you forget to take Capecitabine 150mg tablets
experience severe forms of the side effects listed under section Do not take the missed dose at all and do not double the
4 Possible side effects. Contact your doctor immediately if you next one. Instead, continue your regular dosing schedule and
are concerned about any of the side effects or if you notice check with your doctor.
any additional side effects not listed in the leaflet (see section If you stop taking Capecitabine 150mg tablets
4 Possible side effects).
There are no side effects caused by stopping treatment with
capecitabine. In case you are using coumarin anticoagulants




Capecitabine 150 mg
Dexcel Pharma

(containing e.g. phenprocoumon), stopping capecitabine might
require that your doctor adjusts your anticoagulant dose.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine,
ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
STOP taking Capecitabine 150mg tablets immediately and
contact your doctor if any of these symptoms occur:
• Diarrhoea: if you have an increase of 4 or more bowel
movements compared to your normal bowel movements
each day or any diarrhoea at night.
• Vomiting: if you vomit more than once in a 24-hour time
• Nausea: if you lose your appetite, and the amount of food
you eat each day is much less than usual.
• Stomatitis: if you have pain, redness, swelling or sores in
your mouth and/or throat.
• Hand-and-foot skin-reaction: if you have pain, swelling,
redness or tingling of hands and/or feet.
• Fever: if you have a temperature of 38°C or greater.
• Infection: if you experience signs of infection caused by
bacteria or virus, or other organisms.
• Chest pain: if you experience pain localised to the centre
of the chest, especially if it occurs during exercise.
• Steven-Johnson syndrome: if you experience painful red or
purplish rash that spreads and blisters and/or other lesions
begin to appear in the mucous membrane (e.g. mouth and
lips), in particular if you had before light sensitivity, infections
of the respiratory system (e.g. bronchitis) and/or fever.
If caught early, these side effects usually improve within 2 to
3 days after treatment discontinuation. If these side effects
continue, however, contact your doctor immediately. Your
doctor may instruct you to restart treatment at a lower dose.
In addition to the above, when Capecitabine 150mg are used
alone, very common side effects, which may affect more than
1 person in 10 are:
• abdominal pain
• rash, dry or itchy skin
• tiredness
• loss of appetite (anorexia)
These side effects can become severe; therefore, it is important
that you always contact your doctor immediately when you
start to experience a side effect. Your doctor may instruct you
to decrease the dose and/or temporarily discontinue treatment
with Capecitabine 150 mg. This will help reduce the likelihood
that the side effect continues or becomes severe.
Other side effects are:
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people) include:
• decreases in the number of white blood cells or red blood
cells (seen in tests),
• dehydration, weight loss,
• sleeplessness (insomnia), depression,
• headache, sleepiness, dizziness, abnormal sensation in
the skin (numbness or tingling sensation), taste changes,
• eye irritation, increased tears, eye redness (conjunctivitis)
• inflammation of the veins (thrombophlebitis),
• shortness of breath, nose bleeds, cough, runny nose
• cold sores or other herpes infections,
• infections of the lungs or respiratory system (e.g. pneumonia
or bronchitis),
• bleeding from the gut, constipation, pain in upper abdomen,
indigestion, excess wind, dry mouth
• skin rash, hair loss (alopecia), skin reddening, dry skin,
itching (pruritus), skin discolouration, skin loss, skin
inflammation, nail disorder
• pain in the joints, or in the limbs (extremities), chest or back,
• fever, swelling in the limbs, feeling ill
• problems with liver function (seen in blood tests) and
increased blood bilirubin (excreted by the liver)
Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
• blood infection, urinary tract infection, infection of the skin,
infections in the nose and throat, fungal infections (including
those of the mouth), influenza, gastroenteritis, tooth abscess,
• lumps under the skin (lipoma),
• decreases in blood cells including platelets, thinning of
blood (seen in tests)
• allergy
• diabetes, decrease in blood potassium, malnutrition,
increased blood triglycerides,
• confusional state, panic attacks, depressed mood, decreased
• difficulty speaking, impaired memory, loss of movement
coordination, balance disorder, fainting, nerve damage
(neuropathy) and problems with sensation
• blurred or double vision,
• vertigo, ear pain.
• irregular heartbeat and palpitations (arrhythmias), chest
pain and heart attack (infarction),
• blood clots in the deep veins, high or low blood pressure,
hot flushes, cold limbs (extremities), purple spots on the skin
• blood clots in the veins in the lung (pulmonary embolism),
collapsed lung, coughing up blood, asthma, shortness of
breath on exertion,

• bowel obstruction, collection of fluid in the abdomen,
inflammation of the small or large intestine, the stomach
or the oesophagus, pain in the lower abdomen, abdominal
discomfort, heartburn (reflux of food from the stomach),
blood in the stool,
• jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes)
• skin ulcer and blister, reaction of the skin with sunlight,
reddening of palms, swelling or pain of the face
• joint swelling or stiffness, bone pain, muscle weakness
or stiffness,
• fluid collection in the kidneys, increased frequency of
urination during the night, incontinence, blood in the urine,
increase in blood creatinine (sign of kidney dysfunction)
• unusual bleeding from the vagina
• swelling (oedema), chills and rigors
Some of these side effects are more common when capecitabine
is used with other medicines for the treatment of cancer. Other
side-effects seen in this setting are the following:
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people) include:
• decrease in blood sodium, magnesium or calcium, increase
in blood sugar,
• nerve pain,
• ringing or buzzing in the ears (tinnitus), loss of hearing,
• vein inflammation,
• hiccups, change in voice,
• pain or altered/abnormal sensation in the mouth, pain in
the jaw,
• sweating, night sweats,
• muscle spasm,
• difficulty in urination, blood or protein in the urine,
• bruising or reaction at the injection site (caused by medicines
given by injection at the same time)
Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people) include:
• narrowing or blockage of tear duct (lacrimal duct stenosis),
• liver failure,
• inflammation leading to dysfunction or obstruction in bile
secretion (cholestatic hepatitis),
• specific changes in the electrocardiogram (QT prolongation),
• certain types of arrhythmia (including ventricular fibrillation,
torsade de pointes, and bradycardia).
• eye inflammation causing eye pain and possibly eyesight
• inflammation of the skin causing red scaly patches due to
an immune system illness
Very rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
• severe skin reaction such as skin rash, ulceration and
blistering which may involve ulcers of the mouth, nose,
genitalia, hands, feet and eyes (red and swollen eyes).
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or
nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this
leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow
Card Scheme at: By reporting
side effect, you can help provide more information on the
safety of this medicine.
5. How to store Capecitabine 150mg tablets
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children. Do
not store above 30°C.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated
on the outer carton and label after EXP.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household
waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines
you no longer use. These measures will help protect the
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Capecitabine 150mg tablets contains
• The active substance is capecitabine. Each film-coated
tablet contains 150 mg capecitabine.
• The other ingredients are:
• Tablet core: Croscarmellose Sodium, Microcrystalline
Cellulose, Hypromellose, Silica colloidal anhydrous,
Magnesium Stearate,
• Tablet coating: Hypromellose, Titanium Dioxide
(E171), Talc, Macrogol 400, Red Iron Oxide (E172),
Yellow Iron Oxide (E172)
What Capecitabine 150mg tablets looks like and contents
of the pack
Light-peach oval film-coated tablets embossed with “150”
on one side. Of approximate dimensions 11.4 mm x 5.9 mm.
Capecitabine 150 mg film-coated tablet pack contains 60
film-coated tablets.
Marketing Authorisation Holder: Dexcel®-Pharma Ltd.,
7 Sopwith Way, Drayton Fields Industrial Estate, Daventry,
Northamptonshire, NN11 8PB, United Kingdom.
Manufacturer: Remedica Ltd., Aharnon Street, Limassol
Industrial Estate, 3056 Limassol, Cyprus.
This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States
of the EEA under the following names:
Germany: Capecitabine Dexcel 150mg Filmtabletten
Capecitabine Dexcel 150mg Film-coated Tablets
This leaflet was last revised in April 2014.

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