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Carafate Suspension is a prescription medicine that is used to treat active duodenal ulcers and to prevent the recurrence of duodenal ulcers. It contains the active ingredient sucralfate, which is an anti-ulcer medication. It works by sticking to ulcer sites and forming a protective barrier that helps protect the ulcer from further damage from stomach acid.
Carafate is not greatly absorbed into the body through the digestive tract. It works mainly in the lining of the stomach by sticking to ulcer sites and protecting them from acids, enzymes, and bile salts. It also cannot prevent future ulcers from occurring.
Use and Dosage
Take Carafate Suspension by mouth, usually 2 teaspoonful 4 times daily on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before a meal or as directed by your doctor. To get the most benefit from Carafate Suspension, take it regularly at the same times each day. Shake the bottle well before each dose.
The recommended dosage and administration of Carafate Suspension for duodenal ulcers is 1 gram (10 mL) four times daily, administered on an empty stomach, 1 hour before meals and at bedtime. It is important to shake the bottle well before each use. Do not stop taking Carafate Suspension without consulting your doctor, even if you do not feel the pain of ulcers. The healing of ulcers may take 4 to 8 weeks.
Some medications may need to be taken at a different time of day than Carafate Suspension. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for help making a dosing schedule that will work with all your medications. Antacids can be used with Carafate Suspension, but they should be taken at least 30 minutes before or after sucralfate. If your condition lasts or gets worse after taking sucralfate for 4 weeks, inform your doctor.
Common Side Effects of Carafate Suspension (Sucralfate):
- Back pain
- Headache and
- Sleep problems (insomnia)
- Upset stomach
Serious Side Effects of Carafate Suspension (Sucralfate):
- Difficulty breathing
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
- Feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
- Hives, itching, skin rash
- Swelling of your face lips tongue or throat
Forms and Strength
Carafate Suspension (Sucralfate) is available in the following forms and strength:
Carafate Suspension: Suspension
- Carafate Suspension should be used with caution in patients with hepatic impairment or those with a history of renal failure.
- Patients with phenylketonuria (PKU) should be aware that Carafate Suspension contains aspartame.
- Carafate Suspension should be administered at least 2 hours before or after other medications to avoid interference with absorption.
- Carafate Suspension may interact with a number of other medications, tell your doctor about all the medications (prescription and over the counter), vitamins, and supplements you are taking before starting treatment.
- Inform your doctor if you have any allergies before taking sucralafte.
- Take sucralfate at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after other medication, to prevent absorption interference.
- Carafate Suspension should be used with caution in patients with a history of gastrointestinal obstruction, perforation, or bleeding.
- Carafate Suspension can cause constipation in some patients, so it should be used cautiously in those with a history of constipation.
- Carafate Suspension may decrease the effectiveness of other medications taken at the same time, so it is important to take other medications at least 2 hours before or after taking Carafate Suspension.
- Carafate Suspension contains aluminum, which can be harmful to patients with kidney disease, so patients with kidney disease should use the medication with caution.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long should I take Carafate Suspension for?
The duration of treatment with Carafate Suspension will depend on the condition being treated and the individual patient's response. Typically, treatment lasts for 4-8 weeks.
Does Carafate Suspension interact with any foods or drinks?
Carafate Suspension can bind to certain nutrients and prevent them from being absorbed, avoid taking Carafate Suspension with other medications or supplements as well as food or drinks containing minerals.
Can Carafate Suspension be used to treat other conditions besides ulcers?
While Carafate Suspension is primarily used to treat and prevent ulcers in the stomach and intestines, it may also be used for other gastrointestinal conditions as determined by a healthcare provider.
Is Carafate Suspension available over the counter?
Carafate Suspension is available by prescription only and should only be used under the guidance of a healthcare provider.
It's important to purchase Carafate Suspension from verified Canadian pharmacy.