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Carafate (Sucralfate) Tablets are used for the short-term treatment (up to 8 weeks) of an active duodenal ulcer. Carafate (Sucralfate) is also used for longer-term therapy at a reduced dosage after a duodenal ulcer has healed.
Active Ingredients: Sucralfate
Country of Origin: New Zealand
Intended Patient: Unisex
Carafate (Sucralfate) is used for the short-term treatment (up to 8 weeks) of an active duodenal ulcer and is also used for longer-term therapy at a reduced dosage after a duodenal ulcer has healed. This drug helps ulcers heal by forming a protective coating over them.
Some physicians also prescribe Carafate (Sucralfate) for ulcers in the mouth and esophagus that develop during cancer therapy, for digestive tract irritation caused by drugs, for long-term treatment of stomach ulcers, and to relieve pain following tonsil removal.
A duodenal ulcer is a recurring illness. While Carafate (Sucralfate) can cure an acute ulcer, it cannot prevent other ulcers from developing or lessen their severity.
Carafate (Sucralfate) works best when taken on an empty stomach. If you take an antacid to relieve pain, avoid doing it within one-half hour before or after you take Carafate (Sucralfate). Always take Carafate (Sucralfate) exactly as prescribed.
Active Duodenal Ulcer: The usual dose is 1 gram (1 tablet or 2 teaspoonfuls of suspension) 4 times a day on an empty stomach. Although your ulcer may heal during the first 2 weeks of therapy, Carafate (Sucralfate) should be continued for 4 to 8 weeks.
Maintenance Therapy: The usual dose is 1 gram (1 tablet) 2 times a day.
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your physician as soon as possible. Only your physician can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Carafate (Sucralfate). The most common side effectis constipation.
If you have kidney failure or are on dialysis, the physician will be cautious about prescribing this drug. Use of this drug while taking aluminum-containing antacids may increase the possibility of aluminum poisoning in those with kidney failure.
The safety and effectiveness of this drug in children has not been established.
If you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction, seek emergency medical attention. Possible symptoms include difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, swelling, chest tightness, skin rashes, and hives.
Carafate (Sucralfate) should only be used as instructed and prescribed by your physician or pharmacist. Do not alter your dosage unless specifically instructed to do so by either of the above. Dosage and usage often depends on the severity of the condition, as well as the patient`s medical history and current health condition.
Before you begin using this medication, ensure your physician is aware of the following:
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