GENERIC NAME: sucralfate
BRAND NAME: Carafate
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
USES: Sucralfate is used for the treatment of peptic ulcer disease and to prevent recurrent ulcers after healing of the ulcer has been achieved. It also has been used to relieve or prevent ulcers caused by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) but is less effective than misoprostol (Cytotec). Sucralfate also is used in the treatment of patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Off-label uses are to prevent stress ulcers, which are ulcers associated with high degrees of physical stress (for example, extensive burns, surgery, and overwhelming infection) in hospitalized patients.
SIDE EFFECTS: Sucralfate is well tolerated. Constipation is the most frequent side effect.
Other side effects include:
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