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    Generic for Xeloda
    30 tablets $6.6 USD
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    Generic for Xeloda
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Do you need a prescription for capecitabine?

Yes, capecitabine is only available with a valid physician Rx.

How much is capecitabine without Insurance in the US?

Our website gives two competitive savings options to US customers who wish to purchase capecitabine, as either a brand or generic, if available. The first is access to medications through our mail-order online pharmacy. The second is by using the Now Patient Rx Advantage Card, which can be used in over 65,000 pharmacies nationwide, across America. If you are insured, then in most cases, the cash price will be significantly cheaper than the copay.

What will my out-of-pocket cost be for capecitabine in the US?

There are no out-of-pocket (OOP) costs because we are currently only offering a cash-based option to purchase medications.

Is Now Patient a capecitabine savings card?

Yes. Save up to 90% on your capecitabine with the FREE Now Patient Rx Advantage card*.
*Based on the difference between the U&C submitted by the pharmacy and the price the patients pay.

Can you handle Rx transfers for home delivery in the US?

Yes. If you use the mail-order online pharmacy option, then we can handle requests by you to have your prescription transferred to our pharmacy for home delivery. We can even help you manage your refills by giving you timely reminders, so you do not run out of your medication.

Is Now Patient a capecitabine coupon provider in the US?

No. Now Patient does not provide capecitabine coupons or FREE capecitabine samples.

Do you accept commercial, Medicare or Medicaid coverage for capecitabine in the US?

No. Currently, we only offer cash-based options for purchase, therefore we do not require your insurance benefit details. In the future, our plan is to be able to handle commercial insurance, Medicare and Medicaid including cases where you have multiple health plans that provide benefit coverage (e.g. Medicaid and Commercial). We also anticipate being able to handle more complex scenarios such as using primary insurance combined with a manufacturer copay assistance program.

Does Now Patient work with Medicare?

Our cash-based prices for medications are typically cheaper than Medicare copays. We do not bill Medicare Part D (standalone drug coverage) or Medicare Advantage (combined health and drug coverage). When you purchase your medication from Now Patient, you will be doing so out of your pocket. The spend will not count towards your plan deductibles or gaps.

Does Now Patient work with Commercial Insurance?

Our cash-based prices for medications are typically cheaper than commercial plan copays. We do not bill your commercial plan. When you purchase your medication from Now Patient, you will be doing so out of your pocket. The spend will not count towards your plan deductibles or gaps.

What should you do if you use too much capecitabine?


Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms do not improve or they become worse after using capecitabine. You can also call 800-222-1222 to reach the American Association of Poison Control Centers or use its online resource if you think you’ve used too much capecitabine. But if you have severe symptoms, call 911 (or your local emergency number) immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.


If you think it is an emergency, call 999 or find your nearest A&E
If you need help now, but it’s not an emergency go to 111.nhs.uk or call 111. Alternatively you can speak to one of our pharmacists or use the Now Patient app to make an appointment with your GP.

What should I do if I miss my dose?

There are occasions when people forget to take their medication at correct prescribed times. This may not only have an effect on potentially making the medication less effective but it may also inadvertently lead to taking doses too close together, thereby increasing the risks of side effects.

Click here to find out what to do if you forgot to take your medication

What is generic capecitabine?

Generic capecitabine refers to the non-brand-name version of the medication. It contains the same active ingredient as the brand-name drug but is typically less expensive. Capecitabine is an anti-cancer (antineoplastic or cytotoxic) chemotherapy drug.

FDA approval of capecitabine

Capecitabine is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of certain types of cancer, including breast cancer and colon cancer.

Active ingredient of capecitabine

The active ingredient of capecitabine is capecitabine.

US brand name of capecitabine and manufacturer

Capecitabine is available in the US under the brand name Xeloda. It is manufactured by Hoffmann-La Roche.

UK brand name of capecitabine and manufacturer

In the UK, capecitabine is available under various brand name, Xeloda. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

Prescription requirement for capecitabine

A prescription (Rx) is required for capecitabine in both the US and the UK.

Availability of capecitabine in the UK with NHS prescription

Capecitabine is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by capecitabine

Capecitabine is primarily used for breast cancer (in combination with docetaxel), rectal cancer, pancreatic cancer, end-stage renal disease, and colorectal cancer. It is classed as an antimetabolite drug, that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells.

How does capecitabine work?

Capecitabine is converted into its active form, 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), in the body. 5-FU is an antimetabolite that interferes with the production of DNA and RNA in cancer cells, leading to their destruction.

Forms of capecitabine available

Capecitabine is available in the form of oral tablets.

Dosage of capecitabine

The dose of capecitabine will vary depending on the specific cancer being treated, the individual’s body surface area, and other factors. It is important to follow the patient information provided by the healthcare provider.

Directions for capecitabine use

Capecitabine tablets should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. The tablets are usually taken twice daily with food. It is important to take capecitabine consistently and complete the prescribed treatment course. Capecitabine should be stored away from heat, moisture, and light, at room temperature.

Warnings and precautions for capecitabine

  • Capecitabine may cause severe side effects, including gastrointestinal toxicity, gastric ulcers, hand-foot syndrome, skin reactions, tiredness, chest pain, an increased risk of heart problems, and hair loss
  • Capecitabine may interact with certain medications, including anticoagulants like warfarin. Tell a healthcare professional about all medications and supplements you are taking, to help avoid drug interactions
  • If you suffer from low levels of an enzyme called DPD (dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase), you may have a higher risk of severe or life-threatening side effects
  • Capecitabine can temporarily lower the number of white blood cells in your blood,this increases the chance of you getting an infection. It can also lower the number of platelets, which are necessary for proper blood clotting

Use of capecitabine during pregnancy

Capecitabine should not be used during pregnancy. It may cause harm to the unborn baby. Effective contraception should be used during treatment, and women should avoid getting pregnant while taking capecitabine.

Use of capecitabine while breastfeeding

Capecitabine should not be used while breastfeeding. It may pass into breast milk and harm the nursing baby. Breastfeeding should be stopped during treatment with capecitabine

Possible side effects of capecitabine

In clinical trials common side effects of capecitabine included nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throats, skin rash, constipation, tiredness, allergic reactions, and hand-foot syndrome (palmar-plantar syndrome). Serious side effects are also possible. Seek prompt medical attention if you have any concerning symptoms or adverse effects.



Now Patient has taken all reasonable steps to ensure that all material is factually accurate, complete, and current. However, the knowledge and experience of a qualified healthcare professional should always be sought after instead of using the information in this page. Before taking any drug, you should always speak to your doctor or another qualified healthcare provider.

The information provided here about medications is subject to change and is not meant to include all uses, precautions, warnings, directions, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or negative effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a particular medication does not imply that the medication or medication combination is appropriate for all patients or for all possible purposes.

Stefano Mirabello Medical Reviewer
Pharmacist / B.Pharm
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