Carafate Tablets

DRUG DESCRIPTION

CARAFATE Tablets contain sucralfate and sucralfate is an a-D-glucopyranoside, ?-D-fructofuranosyl-, octakis-(hydrogen sulfate), aluminum complex.

Carafate (sucralfate) structural formula illustration

Tablets for oral administration contain 1 g of sucralfate.

Also contain: D & C Red #30 Lake, FD&C Blue #1 Lake, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and starch. Therapeutic category: antiulcer.

What are the possible side effects of sucralfate (Carafate)?

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

Less serious side effects may include:

  • nausea, vomiting, indigestion;
  • stomach pain;
  • constipation, diarrhea;
  • mild itching or skin rash;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • dizziness, drowsiness, spinning sensation;
  • headache; or
  • back pain.

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What are the precautions when taking sucralfate (Carafate Tablets)?

Before taking sucralfate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney problems, difficulty swallowing, stomach/intestine problems (e.g., delayed gastric emptying), tube feeding.

Kidney function declines as you grow older. This medication contains aluminum, which is normally removed by your kidneys. Therefore, elderly people may be at greater risk for developing high aluminum levels while using this drug with other products that contain aluminum (e.g., antacids).

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SIDE EFFECTS: Constipation, dry mouth, upset stomach, gas, and nausea may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if these unlikely but serious side effects occur: an unusual/persistent feeling of fullness in the stomach, nausea/vomiting/stomach pain especially after meals.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

PRECAUTIONS: Before taking sucralfate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney problems, difficulty swallowing, stomach/intestine problems (e.g., delayed gastric emptying), tube feeding.

Kidney function declines as you grow older. This medication contains aluminum, which is normally removed by your kidneys. Therefore, elderly people may be at greater risk for developing high aluminum levels while using this drug with other products that contain aluminum (e.g., antacids).

If you are pregnant, tell your doctor before using sucralfate.

It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.


Carafate Tablets Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Carafate

Generic Name: sucralfate (oral) (Pronunciation: soo KRAL fate)

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What is sucralfate (Carafate Tablets)?

Sucralfate is an anti-ulcer medication.

Sucralfate is not greatly absorbed into the body through the digestive tract. It works mainly in the lining of the stomach by adhering to ulcer sites and protecting them from acids, enzymes, and bile salts.

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

Sucralfate may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of sucralfate (Carafate Tablets)?

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

Less serious side effects may include:

  • nausea, vomiting, indigestion;
  • 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. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about sucralfate (Carafate Tablets)?

Before taking sucralfate, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis). You may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take sucralfate.

Take sucralfate on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.

Take sucralfate for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the ulcer is completely cleared.

Avoid taking any other medications at the same time you take sucralfate. It is best not to take other medicines within 2 hours before or after taking sucralfate.

Avoid using antacids without your doctor's advice. Use only the specific type of antacid your doctor recommends. Antacids contain different medicines and some types can make it harder for sucralfate to work in your stomach.

If your doctor does recommend using an antacid, avoid taking it within 30 minutes before or after taking sucralfate.

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