CAPECITABINE: FDA Approved Drugs and User Comments

User Comments:

For Breast Cancer, Metastatic: “I have been taking these pills for the past two months…one week on one week off. 500mg per pill. 8 pills per day, four in the morning and four at night and so far this has been a god sent. I have MBC stage 4 as of today I have had no side effects no hair thinning, no diarrhea, no peeling of the hands or feet. I was given the option of chemo infusion but declined as after reading all the side effects I decided not to go that route. I just left my doctors office this afternoon and the news was good. The swelling and open wounds on the breast that had been bleeding profusely has stopped. wounds are healing and some shrinkage of the tumor was seen. I can only tell you that it seems to be working for me.”

devila August 8, 2017

For Colorectal Cancer: “85-yr-old white male in good health. Although symptom-less, I failed two fecal occult blood tests (at home). When I came to after the follow-up colonoscopy, the doctor told me “You have an appointment with a surgeon tomorrow morning.” A week later I had a resection of the descending part of my large intestine, eliminating a good-sized tumor. Because two of the removed 18 lymph nodes also tested positive, I was rated stage 3b (possible undetectable “mini-metastases”), so my oncologist put me on Capecitabine as adjuvant therapy. Three pills 2x a day two weeks on one off for 6 mos. Because of a bad rash on my forearms, he cut me back to two pills. Still some fatigue, and dry fingertips. Finished 4 weeks ago. Success? Testing starts soon.”

tedcloak (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 18, 2017

Xeloda (capecitabine) for Breast Cancer, Metastatic: “I will be starting my 4th round next week of Xeloda (generic). I have stage 4 breast cancer that I have been battling for over 6 years. Tumor spread to the liver, some sort of tumors near my kidney pressing my urethra, and pleurisy. I was losing 1 to 2 lbs a day.This is only my third therapy in all those years. My first round was 4,000 mg per day for 14 days. We had to adjust as the pain in my feet became horrific after a week. I am now taking 3,000 mg per day for 7 days on; 7 days off. I am no longer losing weight so we know the xeloda is probably working on the liver. The pleural area is not refilling (had surgery); kidney was saved with stents. Please do not be quick to jump to another drug (only when they stop working).”

Cheryl C (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 13, 2017

Xeloda (capecitabine) for Colorectal Cancer: “I am in my 2nd month of taking xeloda after going through 36 rounds of chemotherapy since 2013. My intake of xeloda is 3 pills every twelve hours for 7 days and off 7 days. The side effect I am experiencing is the discoloration of the inside of my hands and the bottom of my feet, they also tingle and are painful at times. I am often tired and have also had pain in my shoulder and chest. I don’t know if this medicine will keep the cancer from coming back, but I’d rather deal with these side effects than the chemo.”

Rozeya (taken for less than 1 month) February 2, 2017

Xeloda (capecitabine) for Breast Cancer, Metastatic: “I have been taking Xeloda 500mg. for approximately 5 months with only a few side effects I am on one week and off the next. I am tired during the week I am on with occasional diarrhea. I have noticed my hair thinning more but not too extreme. I don’t have any hand or foot peeling as others do. I sleep really good and my appetite has not been affected. On occasion my gums feel a little tender. The best part is my tumor markers continue to drop in number! This is working for me.”

SueZi December 12, 2016

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.”

Jesselina October 10, 2016

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