What is Carafate?
Common Brand(s): Carafate This medication is used to treat and prevent ulcers in the intestines. Sucralfate forms a coating over ulcers, protecting the area from further injury. This helps ulcers heal more quickly.
- reflux esophagitis
- gastroesophageal reflux disease
- gastric ulcer
- maintenance of healing gastric ulcer
- duodenal ulcer
- maintenance of healing duodenal ulcer
- NSAID-induced duodenal ulcer
- prevention of stress ulcer
Take this medicine by mouth, usually 2 to 4 times daily, on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before a meal, or as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day. Keep taking this medication even if you do not feel ulcer pain. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. It may take 4 to 8 weeks for your ulcer to heal completely. Some medications may not work as well if you take them at the same time as sucralfate. They may need to be taken at a different time of the day than the time you take sucralfate. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for help making a dosing schedule that will work with all your medications. Antacids can be used with this medicine, but they should be taken at least 30 minutes before or after sucralfate. Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens after you have been taking sucralfate for 4 weeks.
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.