Side Effects of Xeloda

The most common side effects of Xeloda are:

  • diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, sores in the mouth and throat (stomatitis), stomach area pain (abdominal pain), upset stomach, constipation, loss of appetite, and too much water loss from the body (dehydration). These side effects are more common in patients age 80 and older.
  • hand-and-foot syndrome (palms of the hands or soles of the feet tingle, become numb, painful, swollen or red), rash, dry, itchy or discolored skin, nail problems, and hair loss
  • tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, fever, pain (including chest, back, joint, and muscle pain), trouble sleeping, and taste problems These side effects may differ when taking Xeloda with docetaxel (Taxotere). Please consult your doctor for possible side effects that may be caused by taking Xeloda with docetaxel (Taxotere).
  • Diarrhea: Tell your doctor if you have an additional 4 bowel movements each day beyond what is normal or any diarrhea at night
  • Vomiting: Tell your doctor if you vomit more than once in a 24-hour time period
  • Nausea: Tell your doctor if you lose your appetite, and the amount of food you eat each day is much less than usual
  • Stomatitis: Tell your doctor if you have pain, redness, swelling or sores in your mouth
  • Hand-and-Foot Syndrome: Tell your doctor if you have pain, swelling or redness of your hands or feet that prevents normal activity
  • Fever or Infection: Tell your doctor if you have a temperature of 100.5°F or greater, or other signs of infection Your doctor may tell you to lower the dose or to stop Xeloda treatment for a while. If caught early, most of these side effects usually improve after you stop taking Xeloda. If they do not improve within 2 to 3 days, call your doctor again. After your side effects have improved, your doctor will tell you whether to start taking Xeloda again and what dose to take. Adjusting the dose of Xeloda to be right for each patient is an important part of treatment.