How to take Zelorec
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Zelorec should only be prescribed by a doctor experienced in the use of anticancer medicines. Zelorec tablets should be swallowed whole with water and within 30 minutes of a meal.
Your doctor will prescribe a dose and treatment regimen that is right for you. The dose of Zelorec is based on your body surface area, this is calculated from your height and weight. The usual dose for adults is 1250 mg/m2 of body surface area taken two times daily (morning and evening).
For example: A person whose body weight is 80 kg and height is 1.80 m has a body surface area of 2.00 m2 and should take five tablets of 500 mg two times daily.
Your doctor will tell you what dose you need to take, when to take it and for how long you need to take it.
- Take the tablets in the morning and evening as prescribed by your doctor.
- Take the tablets within 30 minutes after the end of a meal (breakfast and dinner) and swallow whole with water. Do not crush or cut tablets. If you cannot swallow Zelorec tablets whole, tell your doctor.
- It is important that you take all your medicine as prescribed by your doctor.
Zelorec tablets are usually taken for 14 days followed by a 7-day rest period (when no tablets are taken). This 21-day period is one treatment cycle.
In combination with other medicines, the usual dose for adults may be less than 1250 mg/m2 of body surface area, and you may need to take the tablets over a different time period (e.g. every day, with no rest period).
If you take more Zelorec than you should
If you take more Zelorec than you should, contact your doctor as soon as possible before taking the next dose.
You might get the following side effects if you take a lot more capecitabine than you should; feeling or being sick, diarrhea, inflammation or ulceration of the gut or mouth, pain or bleeding from the intestine or stomach, or bone marrow depression (reduction in certain kinds of blood cells). Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
If you forget to take Zelorec
Do not take the missed dose at all. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. Instead, continue your regular dosing schedule and check with your doctor.
If you stop taking Zelorec
There are no side effects caused by stopping treatment with capecitabine. In case you are using coumarin anticoagulants (containing e.g. phenprocoumon), stopping capecitabine might require that your doctor adjusts your anticoagulant dose.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.