Sucralfate (Carafate) is primarily used in the management of duodenal ulcers. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies provides patients who need Sucralfate prescriptions at our home pharmacy or via free local deliveries for prescription refills.
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Sucralfate, marketed under the name Carafate, is a medication used in the treatment of active duodenal ulcers and as maintenance therapy after the healing of a duodenal ulcer. The exact mechanism of how sucralfate aids in the healing of ulcers of the duodenum is not well understood at this time. Sucralfate’s effects may be partially the result of the fact that it forms a complex with exudates on the ulcer or that it blocks the activity of pepsin in gastrin secretions. However, because duodenal ulcers are recurrent and chronic, sucralfate treatment generally will not alter the severity or posthealing frequency of ulcers of the duodenum.
Sucralfate – Side Effects
Sucralfate use can result in side effects. Sucralfate’s side effects include nausea, diarrhea, flatulence, abdominal pain, vomiting, headache and rash. Sucralfate tablets do contain aluminum and care should be taken when given to patients susceptible to complications from aluminum ingestion. Sucralfate may also interact with other medications when used. Anyone with a hypersensitivity or allergy to Carafate (sucralfate) should not use the medication. Sucralfate and alcohol should not be used together. Before using sucralfate, patients should discuss potential side effects with their pharmacist and medical provider.
Sucralfate is moderately affordable, costing less than 50 cents for a sucralfate 1 g tablet at a number of pharmacies. Sucralfate and Carafate coupons are often available online and the cost of a Sucralfate prescription may be covered by insurance. Carafate (sucralfate) 1 g tablets are light pink in color and oblong in shape. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies takes pride in offering the most cost efficient services and prescriptions to our patients.
Sucralfate is often prescribed with a regimen of sucralfate 1 g twice a day. Occasionally, the dose of Carafate is increased at the discretion of the prescribing medical provider and sucralfate dosage adjustments are also made for elderly patients. Carafate is not well absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract and, when absorbed, sucralfate and any metabolites are excreted in the urine. Sucralfate (Carafate) is thought to exert its primary effects locally. Each gram of sucralfate (Carafate) contains up to 16 mEq of acid-neutralizing capacity.
Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.