FAQs ABOUT CAPECITAPER 500MG TABLET
Q: What should I inform my doctor before starting with CAPECITAPER 500MG TABLET?
A: Before starting the management with CAPECITAPER 500MG TABLET, you should inform your doctor if you have kidney, liver, or heart disease, diarrhea, dehydration, nausea and vomiting, brain disease (Ex. cancer that has spread to the brain or nerve damage (neuropathy), diabetes, a history of eye problems, or severe skin reactions.
Q: What if I forget to take a dose of CAPECITAPER 500MG TABLET?
A: If you have missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. Do not take a double dose to compensate for the missed dose of CAPECITAPER 500MG TABLET. Continue taking the medicine as per your schedule. Talk to your doctor.
Q: Is CAPECITAPER 500MG TABLET a form of chemotherapy?
A: Yes. CAPECITAPER 500MG TABLET is an oral chemotherapy medicine that is used in the management of abnormal growth of cells present in the colon, rectal, gastric, and breast regions. Your doctor will decide the correct management plan for you.
Q: How long do I have to take CAPECITAPER 500MG TABLET?
A: Your doctor will decide the correct dose of CAPECITAPER 500MG TABLET and number of cycles for you depending upon your body weight, age, and disease condition. CAPECITAPER 500MG TABLET are usually taken for 14 days, followed by a 7-day rest period. This 21-day period is one management cycle. In some cases, you will advise taking CAPECITAPER 500MG TABLET every day while using it in combination with other medicines.
Q: Can I stop taking CAPECITAPER 500MG TABLET if I feel better?
A: No. You should not stop taking CAPECITAPER 500MG TABLET or change the dose until and unless your doctor asks you to. You will be at high risk of getting back the symptoms and dangerous tumour growth. Talk to your doctor.
Q: Can CAPECITAPER 500MG TABLET cause eye problems?
A: Prior to starting management with CAPECITAPER 500MG TABLET, you should inform your doctor if you have a history of eye problems. While you are managing with CAPECITAPER 500MG TABLET, you may need monitoring of your eyes. Talk to your doctor before taking CAPECITAPER 500MG TABLET.
Q: Does CAPECITAPER 500MG TABLET shrink tumours?
A: No, CAPECITAPER 500MG TABLET does not shrink tumours. CAPECITAPER 500MG TABLET contains capecitabine, which works by stopping or reducing the abnormal growth of cells, which is called cytostatic activity. Only after being absorbed by the body is it changed into an active anti-neoplastic medicine (more in tumour tissue than in normal tissue). Therefore, it stops tumour growth and spreading without causing them to shrink.
Q: Does CAPECITAPER 500MG TABLET cause hair loss?
A: Yes, the most common side effect of CAPECITAPER 500MG TABLET is hair loss. Before your management, prepare in advance for changes in your hair. Talk to your doctor about what to expect. Use head coverings such as a wig or scarf. Try to add iron and protein-rich foods like green leafy vegetables and beans to snacks and meals.
Q: Can I take double doses together to cure my condition soon?
A: No, do not take more CAPECITAPER 500MG TABLET than the normal recommended dose as it may cause overdosage of CAPECITAPER 500MG TABLET, leading to harmful side effects such as diarrhea, inflammation of the gut or mouth, pain or bleeding in the stomach or bone marrow, depression (reduction in blood cells), nausea, and vomiting.