What is Capegard-500?
Capegard-500 containing the active ingredient capecitabine is considered an antimetabolites anti-cancer type of medication. The medication works by interfering with cancer cells and slowing or stopping cancer cell growth and decrease tumor size. It is usually used with other medications or other types of cancer therapy (chemotherapy, radiation therapy) in the treatment of certain types of cancer such as breast cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer and cancer of the large bowel and rectum.
How is Capegard-500 used?
Capegard-500 is usually taken twice daily, in the morning and evening or as directed by a doctor. The tablets should be taken within 30 minutes of a meal along with a full glass of water. The usual cycle of using the drug is every day for 2 weeks, then stopped for 1 week. The tablets should be swallowed whole and not split, chewed or crushed. Contact a doctor for the amount of times needed to repeat the cycle as it will depend on the patient's condition and their response to the therapy.
Patients using Capegard-500 may encounter unwanted side effects such as:
- Loss of appetite
- Unusual fatigue or weakness
- Abdominal pain
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persist or encounter more severe side effects such as:
- Muscle or back pain
- Sleeping problems
- Swelling of the hands, feet, ankles or lower leg
- Signs of new infections
- Irregular heartbeats
- Chest pain
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
Capegard-500 is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.