What is Sucralfate (Carafate) used for?
Carafate contains the active ingredient sucralfate. Carafate is only one of the brand names under which this drug is available. It is also available as a generic. Both the brands and generic contain sucralfate and work in the same way.
Carafate is available by prescription only and is used to treat and prevent active duodenal ulcers. It acts locally in the gastrointestinal tract to treat the ulcer. There are no over-the-counter medicines that provide the same effect.
Only a minimal amount is absorbed systemically and is then excreted in the urine. It is taken on an empty stomach an hour before meals. It is used in the short term (up to 8 weeks) to manage symptoms.
Some of the common side effects of Carafate are diarrhea, constipation. Upset stomach, nausea, insomnia, headache and back pain. Provide your doctor or pharmacist with a list of your current medications and herbal products to avoid drug interactions, adverse effects and allergic reactions. Seek emergency medical treatment if you experience serious side effects.
Store out of reach of children and animals when not in use. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and continue your schedule. Do not take an extra dose to make up for one that you missed. Do not use antacids within 30 minutes after taking Carafate.