Sucralfate (By mouth)

Introduction

Sucralfate (soo-KRAL-fate)

Treats ulcers and other stomach problems.

Brand Name(s)

Carafate

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to it.

How to Use This Medicine

Tablet, Liquid

  • Your doctor will tell you how much to take and how often.
  • Do not stop taking the medicine unless your doctor tells you to, even if you feel better.
  • Take your medicine on an empty stomach. Swallow the tablet with a glass of water.
  • Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, take the medicine 1 hour before meals and at bedtime.
  • Measure the oral liquid medicine using a measuring spoon or medicine cup.
  • Shake the oral liquid medicine well before using.

If a dose is missed:

  • Take your medicine as soon as you remember that you missed your dose.
  • If it is nearly time for your next dose, wait until then to take your medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • You should not use two doses at one time.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Keep the medicine at room temperature, away from heat, light, and moisture. Do not freeze the oral liquid.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Antacids may be taken one-half hour before or after taking sucralfate.
  • You should not take other medicines within 2 hours before or after taking sucralfate. If you need help deciding the best times to take your other medicines, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Check with your doctor before taking if you have kidney problems or are on dialysis.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Rash, hives, or itching
  • Swelling of the face or mouth

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Mild stomach cramps, diarrhea
  • Upset stomach, gas
  • Dizziness

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

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This page was last updated: June 18, 2013

         
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