Uses and How to Use
Carafate or generically known as sucralfate tablet-oral is generally used for treating ulcers in the intestines and as a means of preventing further damage to the intestines by forming a protective coat over it. This way the treatment will allow the ulcers to heal at a faster rate.
Since coatings are made to the stomach, some drugs taken after Carafate might not be absorbed properly. Carafate may react with other drugs; hence, it is better to take the other drugs 2 hours after taking in Carafate to ensure their proper absorption
Precautions and Side Effects
Carafate is known to cause several side effects which may include irregularity in bowel movements, dry or parchness in the mouth area, upset stomach, difficulty in passing gas and nausea.
In some instances, thepatient may experience some unlikely but serious side effects like constantly feeling full in the stomach as well as stomach pains after each meals which can lead to nausea and throwing up.
Serious allergic reactions may also crop up as in redness, itchiness, unexplained swelling, severe dizziness and difficulty in breathing. These symptoms should not be disregarded since they are uncommon. It is a must for you to immediately consult your doctor if any one of them may occur.
Take note that Carafate can result to unfavourable interactions with drugs like antacids that contain aluminum, certain antibiotics like quinolones, drugs like cimetidine, digoxin, ketoconazole as an anti-fugal medication and some thyroid medications like levothyroxine and other similar medications.
Make it a point to inform your doctor if you are under medication for any of them so he can give you the proper prescription. Carafate has the risk of aluminium toxicity causing renal impairment, hence, the dosage should be measured and given with caution, especially among older people and pregnant or lactating women.
Older people are liable to have renal impairment due to old age, hence, the aluminium substance in Carafate may cause further aggravation.
It is discharged by way of passing through the kidney in the form of urine and can possibly be excreted through the breast of nursing or pregnant women. Thus, the precaution for its use is recommended, lest the nursing infant becomes affected.
Dosage and Storage
Carafate should be taken twice daily and ideally with an empty stomach at least an hour before having your meal or as directed by your physician. It is important not to stop taking Carafate in case you get to feel better and entertain the notion that consuming the remaining prescription is no longer necessary. If your under Carafate medication for the treatment of ulcers, it may take 4-8 weeks before your ulcers become completely healed.
If in case you miss a scheduled dose of your Carafate medication, take it as soon as you remember to do so. However make sure not to double your dose as a means of making up for the missed dosage. Taking it with very little interval between your next dose is highly dangerous.
Simply skip the missed dose rather than take the risk of being overdosed. To avoid missing on your scheduled medication, make it a point to drink it daily at exactly the same time. Preferably, this should be during the hours when you are alert and not too pre-occupied.
Carafate Oral should be stored at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F. Avoid storing it in the bathroom and should be kept in places where there is not much sunlight and moisture.
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