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capecitabine

Side Effects

List capecitabine side effects by likelihood and severity.

The following side effects are associated with capecitabine:

Common side effects of capecitabine:

  • AnemiaSevere
  • Decreased Blood PlateletsSevere
  • Decreased Neutrophils a Type of White Blood CellSevere
  • High Amount of Bilirubin in the BloodSevere
  • Painful, Red or Swollen MouthSevere
  • Severe DiarrheaSevere
  • Stomach CrampsSevere
  • Throwing UpSevere
  • Tingling, Pain, Redness and Edema of Hands and FeetSevere
  • DiarrheaLess Severe
  • Feel Like Throwing UpLess Severe
  • Loss of AppetiteLess Severe
  • Low EnergyLess Severe
  • Muscle PainLess Severe
  • Skin InflammationLess Severe

Infrequent side effects of capecitabine:

  • BackacheSevere
  • Bleeding of the Stomach or IntestinesSevere
  • Blocked Bowels with No MovementSevere
  • Blood Clot Formation in VeinsSevere
  • Chest PainSevere
  • DepressionSevere
  • Extreme Loss of Body WaterSevere
  • Numbness, Tingling or Pain of Hands or FeetSevere
  • SluggishnessSevere
  • Visible Water RetentionSevere
  • Chronic Trouble SleepingLess Severe
  • DizzyLess Severe
  • Eye IrritationLess Severe
  • FeverLess Severe
  • Fingernail and/or Toenail DiseaseLess Severe
  • Hair LossLess Severe
  • Head PainLess Severe
  • Incomplete or Infrequent Bowel MovementsLess Severe
  • IndigestionLess Severe
  • ItchingLess Severe
  • Joint PainLess Severe
  • Loose NailsLess Severe
  • Mood ChangesLess Severe
  • Pink EyeLess Severe
  • Problems with EyesightLess Severe
  • RashLess Severe
  • Redness of SkinLess Severe
  • Skin DiscolorationLess Severe
  • Sun-Sensitive SkinLess Severe
  • Taste ProblemsLess Severe
  • Throat PainLess Severe
  • Weight LossLess Severe

Rare side effects of capecitabine:

  • Abnormal Heart RhythmSevere
  • Abnormally Low Blood PressureSevere
  • AnginaSevere
  • Blood Clot in LungSevere
  • Blood Clot in VeinSevere
  • Blood coming from AnusSevere
  • Disease of the Muscle of the Heart with EnlargementSevere
  • Excess Liver Fibrous TissueSevere
  • Extreme Breathing DifficultySevere
  • Heart AttackSevere
  • HepatitisSevere
  • High Blood PressureSevere
  • InfectionSevere
  • Inflamed Colon and Small Intestine with Some Tissue DeathSevere
  • Inflammation of a VeinSevere
  • Inflammation of the Cornea of the EyeSevere
  • Inflammation of the Liver with Stoppage of Bile FlowSevere
  • Kidney FailureSevere
  • Low Platelet Count and Bleeding from Immune ResponseSevere
  • NosebleedSevere
  • PneumoniaSevere
  • Severe NauseaSevere
  • Stevens-Johnson SyndromeSevere
  • Toxic Epidermal NecrolysisSevere
  • Trouble BreathingSevere
  • Ulcers of EsophagusSevere
  • UncoordinatedSevere
  • CoughLess Severe

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