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Carafate is an oral medication made up of sucralfate. Carafate comes in both an oral tablet form and as an oral suspension (liquid). The tablet is available in 1g while the suspension is available in 1g/5ml.
This medication is used to treat ulcers in the intestines. Ulcers are considered a sore; this means that they are an open and painful wound. They can often times cause a person to vomit and can cause very uncomfortable abdominal pain.
Sucralfate works by forming a protective coat around the ulcers so acids, enzymes and bile salts cannot cause further injury resulting in a faster healing process.
Always follow instructions given to you by your doctor.
Use this medication regularly to get the full effectiveness.
Store at room temperature away from heat and moisture.
Never attempt to receive the liquid form by injecting into the body, this can cause death.
Never attempt to receive the liquid form of Carafate by injecting into the body, this can cause death.
Tell your doctor about all medications you are currently taking including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies and be sure to mention any drug allergies you may have.
Avoid taking other medications within 120 minutes (2 hours) of taking Carafate. This medication can make other medications harder for the body to absorb.
Mention to your doctor if you have:
Common side effects of Carafate may include:
Serious side effects of Carafate include:
Signs to watch for
Allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What should I avoid while on this medication?
Avoid using antacids, unless it’s a type recommended by your doctor. Do not take them within 30 minutes of taking Carafate.
What age do you have to be to use Carafate?
You have to be at least 18 years old to use Carafate. The safety has not yet been established in patients under 18 years old.
What are some other uses of this medication?
Other conditions Carafate is used to treat include heartburn, reflux esophagitis, inflammation of the gums and mouth, and a condition with painful swelling and sores inside the mouth. These are not all of the conditions that can be treated with Carafate.
How long till my condition is fixed?
It takes around 2 weeks (14 days) for the medication to reach its final, full effect.
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