Capecitabine is an oral chemotherapy drug. This drug attacks colon and breast cancer by interfering with cancer cells’ DNA so that these cells cannot reproduce. It also causes cells to stop functioning so that they die by binding to protein in the cells.
This drug can permanently damage healthy cells as well as cancer cells, which can cause patients to feel generally unwell, weak or sick. There is also an increased danger of excessive bleeding if this medication is taken along with anticoagulant medications. Patients should not take this medication along with prescription blood thinners; they also need to be careful when taking over-the-counter medications such as aspirin. Patients should not drink alcohol while on this medication because alcohol is a blood thinner.