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Carafate

Generic Carafate (Sucralfate) is a unique oral drug that is used for treating ulcers of the upper gastrointestinal tract. Generic Carafate offers highly effective treatment of ulcers, and is one of the top prescribed medications by doctors today.

Generic Carafate is also marketed as Sucralfate, Sucramal, Pepsigard, and Ulsanic.

*Carafate® is manufactured by Aventis Pharmaceuticals.

Uses

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

Generic Carafate is a sucrose sulfate-aluminium complex that binds to the mucosa, thus creating a physical barrier that impairs diffusion of hydrochloric acid in the gastrointestinal tract and prevents degradation of mucus by acid. It also stimulates bicarbonate output and acts like an acid buffer with cytoprotective properties.

How to take

Take Generic Carafate exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Take Generic Carafate on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Take this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the ulcer is completely healed.

Side effects

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

Less serious Generic Carafate 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.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.

Precautions

Avoid taking any other medications within 2 hours before or after you take Generic Carafate. Sucrte can make it harder for your body to absorb other medications you take by mouth. Avoid using antacids without your doctor's advice. Use only the type of antacid your doctor recommends. Some antacids can make it harder for Generic Carafate to work in your stomach. If your doctor does recommend using an antacid, avoid taking it within 30 minutes before or after taking Generic Carafate.

Drug interactions

Generic Carafate can make it harder for your body to absorb other medications you take by mouth. Tell your doctor if you are taking:

  • cimetidine (Tagamet);
  • digoxin (digitalis, Lanoxin);
  • levothyroxine (Synthroid);
  • phenytoin (Dilantin);
  • quinidine (Quin-G);
  • ranitidine (Zantac);
  • tetracycline (Ala-Tet, Brodspec, Panmycin, Sumycin, Tetracap);
  • theophylline (Elixophyllin, Theo-24, Theochron, Uniphyl, and others);
  • a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven); or
  • certain antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), levofloxacin (Levaquin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), ketoconazole (Nizoral), and others.

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Generic Carafate.

Missed dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember, but avoid taking any other medications within 2 hours after you take Generic Carafate. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

Storage

Store Generic Carafate at room temperature away from moisture and heat.