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Sucralfate

Molecule Description

Sucralfate is used for the treatment of stomach or intestinal ulcers. Healing may occur within one or two weeks of administering the medicine. Still, the treatment must be continued for a more extended period (around four to eight weeks) for complete recovery.
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Uses of Sucralfate

  • Stomach ulcers
  • Ulcers in your bowel
  • Inflammation of your stomach lining
  • Chronic gastritis
  • Stress ulcers

Contraindications of Sucralfate

When should one not use Sucralfate

  • Allergy to Sucralfate or any of the other ingredients
  • If you are on dialysis for kidney problems

Side effects of Sucralfate

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Skin rash
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Indigestion
  • Stomach ache
  • Bloating

Precautions and Warnings of Sucralfate

Pregnancy

Q:
Can I take Sucralfate during pregnancy?
A:
It is probably safe during pregnancy. The patient should consult with the doctor once before taking this medicine.

Breast Feeding

Q:
Can I take Sucralfate while breastfeeding?
A:
If you are breastfeeding, consult a doctor before taking this medicine.

Driving

Q:
Can I drive if I have consumed Sucralfate?
A:
It is considered safe to drive after taking this medicine.

Alcohol

Q:
Can I consume alcohol with Sucralfate?
A:
It is advised to avoid drinking alcohol along with Sucralfate.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
Tell your doctor if you have kidney problems.

Mode of Action of Sucralfate

How Does It Work?

It works by forming a protective barrier over a stomach ulcer and helps to stop further irritation caused by stomach acid.

Interactions of Sucralfate

Interactions with other medicines

  • Warfarin-used for blood clots
  • Quinidine-used for heart problems
  • Medicines for infection (antibiotics) such as Tetracycline, Ciprofloxacin or Norfloxacin
  • Medicines containing citrates
  • Medicines for stomach ulcers such as Cimetidine or Ranitidine
  • Levothyroxine-used for thyroid problems
  • Sulpiride-used for mental health problems (psychotic episodes)
  • Digoxin-used for heart problems
  • Phenytoin-used for fits (epilepsy)
  • Theophylline-used for asthma or other breathing problems
  • Ketoconazole-used for fungal infections

Interactions with food items

There are no known interactions of any food item with Sucralfate.

Dosage of Sucralfate

Overdose

Do not increase the prescribed dosage. It doesn’t improve disease symptoms. Consult your doctor if you take an excess of this medicine.

Missed a Dose

If you missed a dose, follow the regular dosing schedule. Do not double the dose.

Content Details

WRITTEN BY
doctor

Dr. Arpit Verma

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

REVIEWED BY
doctor

Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Q: Can this medication be consumed for the long term?

A: Ideally, no, as the treatment is only meant for eight weeks at the most. Healing starts at 1-2 weeks after administration. Take only for the period prescribed by your doctor.

Q: Will Sucralfate prevent me from getting duodenal ulcers in the future?

A: No, the treatment is only temporary. Your ulcers will heal completely by taking medicine but it is exclusively localized to the site of the ulcer. It will not prevent it from arising in the future.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)

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