A few things to remember about Xeloda.
1. As others have said take it within 30 minutes after you eat. NEVER NEVER take it on an empty stomach. In addition, DO NOT take it with the meal.
2. Get OTC Nexium or another GERD like medication. When I was taking Xeloda, that was the FIRST medication that was going to be Rx'd but I was already on it. Tried taking it without it....OWWW!
3. One aspect of Xeloda that doesn't get much attention is the folic acid supplementation. First make sure you are NOT taking any folic acid supplements or even a multi-vitamin because (unless something is new) they all contain the recommended daily amount of folic acid. Remember that in the USA/Canada, our wheat is fortified with folic acid. This means that food items like: cereal, crackers, bread, pasta, rolls, etc.....the items we tend to eat with a queasy stomach.....all are fortified with folic acid. This doesn't mean that you can't eat carbs BUT......be proactive and read the labels. For example, most cereals are SUPER fortified with folic acid. Check your labels.....you will be surprised. What this all means is just that you have to be careful about how much of these foods you eat. Don't go eating a bowl of cereal for breakfast and then take your Xeloda....not a good idea. Don't eat cereal for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, munch on some crackers and then have pasta for dinner.
BTW - reading your title....XELOX is, by definition, Xeloda and oxi. You may ask your doctor for a slightly different version of it.....one where you take Xeloda for 7 days, starting with day 1.....at the same day you get the infusion of oxi....then 7 days off of Xeloda. The difference is that you go in for the infusion every 14 days vs every 21 days.
Try getting an acid reducer and then watching your folic acid intake. Those two things together can make a world of difference.
Dx 6/22/2006 IIA rectal cancer
6 wks rad/Xeloda -finished 9/06
1st attempt transanal excision 11/06
11/17/06 XELOX 1 cycle
5 months Xeloda only Dec '06 - April '07
10+ blood clots, 1 DVT 1/07
transanal excision 4/20/07 path-NO CANCER CELLS!
NED now and forever!
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