Drug Class: What is Carafate and why is it prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does Carafate work?
Dosage: How should you take Carafate?
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Carafate
Special information on Carafate
Possible side effects of Carafate
|Drug Class: What is Carafate and why is it prescribed?|
| Carafate is used for the short-term treatment (up to 8 weeks) of an active duodenal ulcer;
Carafate Tablets are also used for longer-term therapy at a reduced dosage after a duodenal ulcer has healed.
Carafate helps ulcers heal by forming a protective coating over them.
Some doctors also prescribe Carafate 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.
|Drug Mechanism: How does Carafate work?|
Carafate, sucralfate is a unique oral drug. Chemically, it is a complex
of the disaccharide sugar, sucrose, combined with sulfate and aluminum.
|Dosage: How should you take Carafate?|
Carafate 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.
Always take Carafate exactly as prescribed.
If you miss a Carafate dose:
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Carafate|
| If Carafate is taken with certain other drugs, the
effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially
important to check with your doctor before combining Carafate with the following:
Antacids such as Mylanta, Maalox Blood-thinning
drugs such as Coumadin, Cimetidine (Tagamet), Digoxin (Lanoxin).
|Special information on Carafate|
The effects of Carafate during pregnancy have not been adequately studied.
Use of Carafate
|Possible side effects of Carafate|
Carafate side effects cannot be anticipated.
If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible.
Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Carafate.
More common side effects of Carafate may include:
Less common or rare side effects may include:
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