Carafate Suspension (Sucralfate)
Carafate (Sucralfate) Dosage and Side Effects
CARAFATE is used to treat ulcers of the upper gastrointestinal tract.
Proper Use of this medication
The recommended dose of CARAFATE for treating active ulcers is 1 gram, four times a day for four to eight weeks. The recommended dose for preventing ulcers from recurring is 1 gram, twice a day.
This drug is given on an empty stomach, at least one hour before a meal.
Common Side Effects of CARAFATE
Side effects of CARAFATE are typically mild and may include:
•Dizziness or drowsiness
•Mild itching or skin rash
•Elevated blood sugar in people with diabetes
Serious Side Effects of CARAFATE
Serious side effects of CARAFATE are rare. You should get emergency medical help if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction while taking CARAFATE. These may include hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the face, tongue, lips, or throat.
Warnings and Precautions
You should tell your doctor or pharmacist before taking CARAFATE if you have a medical history of kidney problems, swallowing problems, stomach/intestine problems, tube feeding, or use of a breathing tube.
The medication contains aluminum, which is normally removed by the kidneys. Elderly patients may be at a higher risk for developing high aluminum levels while taking CARAFATE because kidney function declines as you age.
Although some data suggests concern about the effects of aluminum during pregnancy might be warranted, human studies have shown no negative effects on the fetus. CARAFATE is generally considered safe during pregnancy. Although there are no data, the medicine is also considered safe for use by breast-feeding mothers.
Interactions with this medication
CARAFATE can bind to drugs in the stomach and reduce their absorption, so some medicines should be taken at least two hours prior to CARAFATE. CARAFATE may reduce the absorption of:
•Quinidine (Quinidex, Quinaglute)
•Theophylline (Theo-Dur, Uniphyl, others)
•Fluoroquinolone antibiotics, including ciprofloxacin (Cipro), norfloxacin (Noroxin), ofloxacin (Floxin) and lomefloxacin (Maxaquin)
•Other medications to lower stomach acid such as omeprazole (Prilosec), pantoprazole (Protonix), lansoprazole (Prevacid), and dexlansoprazole (Dexilant)
It is possible that many other drugs will interact with CARAFATE, so you should tell your doctor about all prescription, non-prescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs or supplements you are taking.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.