sucralfate, Carafate (cont.)

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PREGNANCY: Sucralfate itself is not teratogenic (causing congenital deformities) in animals, even in doses considerably higher than those used in humans. Although some animal data demonstrate concern for the effects of aluminum during pregnancy, all human data show no ill-effect on the fetus. Sucralfate is considered safe during pregnancy.

NURSING MOTHERS: Minimal if any sucralfate penetrates into breast milk because so little is absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Although there are no data, sucralfate is considered safe in nursing mothers.

SIDE EFFECTS: Sucralfate is well tolerated. Constipation is the most frequent side effect. Headache, dizziness, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, and flatulence also may occur.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Last Editorial Review: 2/14/2012

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