sucralfate (oral)

Pronunciation: soo KRAL fate

Brand: Carafate

Sucralfate

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1 g, capsule, white, imprinted with TEVA, 22 10

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Carafate

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1 g, oblong, pink, imprinted with CARAFATE, 17 12

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Sucralfate

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1 g, oval, white, imprinted with N 51

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Carafate

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1 g, oblong, pink, imprinted with CARAFATE, 17 12

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Sucralfate

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1 g, oblong, blue, imprinted with WATSON 780

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Sucralfate

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1 g, oblong, white, imprinted with BIOCRAFT, 105 105

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What is the most important information I should know about sucralfate?

The liquid form of sucralfate should never be injected through a needle into the body, or death may occur.

What is sucralfate?

Sucralfate is used short-term (up to 8 weeks) to treat an active duodenal ulcer.

Sucralfate works mainly in the lining of the stomach and is not highly absorbed into the body. This medicine adheres to ulcer sites and protects them from acids, enzymes, and bile salts.

Sucralfate can heal an active ulcer, but it will not prevent future ulcers from occurring.

Sucralfate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking sucralfate?

You should not use sucralfate if you are allergic to it.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • diabetes;
  • kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis); or
  • trouble swallowing tablets.

Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this medicine.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.

How should I take sucralfate?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Take sucralfate on an empty stomach.

Shake the oral suspension (liquid) before you measure a dose. Use the dosing syringe provided, or use a medicine dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).

If you are diabetic, check your blood sugar regularly. Your doctor may adjust your dose based on your blood sugar levels.

The liquid from of this medicine should never be injected through a needle into the body, or death may occur. Sucralfate oral suspension is to be taken only by mouth.

It may take 2 to 8 weeks before you receive the full benefit of taking sucralfate. Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time, even if your symptoms quickly improve.

Your doctor may want you to keep taking sucralfate at a lower dose once your active ulcer has healed. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not allow the liquid medicine to freeze.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking sucralfate?

Avoid taking any other medications within 2 hours before or after you take sucralfate. Sucralfate can make it harder for your body to absorb other medications you take by mouth.

Ask your doctor before using an antacid, and use only the type your doctor recommends. Some antacids can make it harder for sucralfate to work in your stomach. Avoid taking an antacid within 30 minutes before or after taking sucralfate.

What are the possible side effects of sucralfate?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Common side effects may include:

  • constipation, diarrhea;
  • nausea, vomiting, gas, indigestion;
  • itching, rash;
  • dizziness, drowsiness;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • headache; or
  • back pain.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect sucralfate?

Other drugs may affect sucralfate, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about sucralfate.

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