What is Carafate (Sucralfate) used for?
Carafate (Sucralfate) works in the lining of the stomach to treat and heal ulcers. It forms a protective coating over ulcers, thereby protecting them from enzymes, bile salts, acids and injury. This can help to speed up recovery of the ulcer.
How should I use Carafate (Sucralfate)?
Patients taking Carafate (Sucralfate) tablets should follow the instructions provided to them by their physician. You may be told to take it 4 times per day, before eating and at bedtime. Be sure to take it at least 1 hour before a meal, or 2 hours after. It is important to note that it can take up to 8 weeks for an ulcer to heal. Continue taking this medication as prescribed, unless told otherwise by your physician.
What are the side effects of Carafate (Sucralfate)?
Some possible side effects of Carafate (Sucralfate) include:
If you notice any other more serious side effects, you should immediately consult your physician.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Carafate (Sucralfate). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.