Sucralfate: Uses & Side Effects

Sucralfate (Carafate) is an anti-ulcer
medication.

Sucralfate is not greatly absorbed into the
body through the digestive tract. It works mainly in the lining of the stomach
by adhering to ulcer sites and protecting them from acids, enzymes, and bile
salts.

Sucralfate is used to treat an active duodenal ulcer. Sucralfate can heal an active ulcer, but it will not prevent future ulcers from occurring.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use sucralfate if you are
allergic to it.

To make sure sucralfate is safe for you,
tell your doctor if you have:

  • diabetes;
  • kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis); or
  • trouble swallowing tablets.

FDA pregnancy category B. Sucralfate is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether sucralfate passes
into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you
are breast-feeding a baby.

Side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Common side effects may include:

  • nausea, vomiting, upset stomach;
  • stomach pain;
  • constipation, diarrhea;
  • mild itching or skin rash;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • dizziness, drowsiness, spinning sensation;
  • headache; or
  • back pain.

Keywords: Sucralfate; Carafate.

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