AUDT recommends that you also speak to your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any severe or worsening of the common “side effects”, as deadly toxicities do not always present the same in each patient.
The only approved antidote for life-threatening toxicities is Uridine triacetate (Vistogard®) which must be given within 96 hours of your last dose of 5-FU or Xeloda to reduce or prevent further toxicity from developing.
For more information, see the full “5-FU & XELODA: Side Effects vs. Symptoms” fact sheet at:
Further information on side effects vs. severe toxicities can be found here:
Faces of True Cost of Toxicity
This video, while listed on the Vistogard website, does not represent uses of Vistogard, the FDA approved antidote to 5-FU toxicity. Why? These individuals were not diagnosed with 5-FU toxicity until after the 96 hour window when Vistogard must be administered. The Faces of True Cost of Toxicity video is the experience of: an oncologist who witnessed 5-FU toxicity, two individuals who lost a loved one to 5-FU toxicity and one patient who herself had severe toxic reactions to 5-FU. After watching this video, most individuals will be shocked that testing for DPD Deficiency before administration of 5-FU/Capecitabine is not standard of care in the United States. While no one disagrees that this is a key chemotherapy drug for most people, however, for some, it is life ending.