Xeloda is an anti-cancer ("antineoplastic" or "cytotoxic") chemotherapy drug. Xeloda is classified as an "antimetabolite." (For more detail, see "How Xeloda Works" section below).
What Xeloda Is Used For:
• Metastatic colon or rectal cancer
• Metastatic breast cancer
Note: If a drug has been approved for one use, physicians may elect to use this same drug for other problems if they believe it may be helpful.
Important things to remember about Xeloda side effects:
• Most people do not experience all of the Xeloda side effects listed.
• Xeloda side effects are often predictable in terms of their onset and duration.
• Xeloda side effects are almost always reversible and will go away after treatment is complete.
• There are many options to help minimize or prevent Xeloda side effects.
• There is no relationship between the presence or severity of Xeloda side effects and the effectiveness of the medication.
• The Xeloda side effects of Xeloda and their severity depend on how much of the drug is given. In other words, high doses may produce more severe side effects.