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Sucralfate (Carafate) attaches to damaged tissue and protects against acid so healing can occur. It is normally taken for 1-2 months to treat ulcers in the duodenum (portion of the small intestine), gastritis, and abdominal pain.
How should it be used?
If your insurance refuses to pay for the liquid form, you can crush the pill. Put the crushed pill in 2 teaspoons of water, and then add crushed ice to make a slushy mixture and then take it this way.
Carafate may affect the way other medicines work in your body.
Before you start taking this medicine tell your doctor about any of the following:
-tablets: sucralfate, D & C Red #30 Lake, FD&C Blue #1 Lake, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and starch
-liquid: sucralfate, colloidal silicon dioxide NF, FD&C Red #40, flavor, glycerin USP, methyulcellulose USP, methylparaben NF, microcrystalline cellulose NF, purified water USP, simethicon USP, and sorbitol solution USP
Patients should not smoke cigarettes.
The drug may cause side effects such as: constipation, headache, nausea, vomiting.
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience signs of an allergic reaction including:
Additional side effects may be found on the drug's website, which is listed below.
This medication should be stored at a controlled room temperature (68-77 degrees F). Keep out of reach of children and protect from light. Protect from moisture and extreme heat. Shake the liquid before using.
Call the national poison control center 1-800-222-1222 or 911 in the event of overdose. Symptoms of an overdose include vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, fever, chills, and other signs of infection.
The safety and effectiveness of Carafate in pediatric patients has not been established.