Sucralfate Tablets

Sucralfate is a medication that treats stomach ulcers. It forms a barrier over the ulcer. This protects it from stomach acid and helps it heal. The brand name of this medication is Carafate®.

What is this medication?

SUCRALFATE (SOO kral fate) treats stomach ulcers. It works by helping to form a barrier over the ulcer, which protects it from stomach acid and allows it to heal.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Carafate

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What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • Kidney disease
  • An unusual or allergic reaction to sucralfate, other medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • Pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • Breast-feeding

How should I use this medication?

Take this medication by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. This medication works best if you take it on an empty stomach, 1 hour before meals. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medication more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your care team's advice.

Talk to your care team about the use of this medication in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

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What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medication?

  • Antacid
  • Cimetidine
  • Digoxin
  • Ketoconazole
  • Phenytoin
  • Quinidine
  • Ranitidine
  • Some antibiotics like ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin, and ofloxacin
  • Theophylline
  • Thyroid hormones
  • Warfarin

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

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What should I watch for while using this medication?

Visit your care team for regular check-ups. Let your care team know if your symptoms do not improve or if you feel worse.

Antacids should not be taken within one half hour before or after this medication.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?

Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:

  • Allergic reactions—skin rash, itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your care team if they continue or are bothersome):

  • Constipation

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medication?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medication after the expiration date.

NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

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