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