sucralfate, Carafate (cont.)

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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 side effects include:

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 1 g; Suspension: 500 mg/5ml.

STORAGE: Tablets and suspension should be kept at room temperature, between 15-30 C (59-86 F). The suspension should not be frozen and should be shaken prior to each use.

DOSING:

  • The recommended dose for treatment of active ulcers is 1 gram four times daily for 4-8 weeks.
  • Sucralfate is administered on an empty stomach, at least one hour prior to meals, for best results.
  • The dose for maintenance (preventing recurrent ulcers) is 1 gram twice daily.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: When administered with other drugs sucralfate may bind to the drugs in the stomach and reduce absorption of the drugs. Sucralfate reduces the absorption of:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/26/2015


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