For people who have duodenal ulcers, a healthcare provider may prescribe Carafate® (sucralfate). This prescription medication comes in the form of tablets and an oral suspension (liquid). Both the tablet and the suspension forms are approved for healing the ulcers, but only the tablet form is approved for maintenance treatment (to prevent the ulcers from coming back after healing has occurred).
If you are prescribed the tablets, your healthcare provider may recommend that you make a "slurry." However, this method of administration is not mentioned in the prescribing information for Carafate. Typically, the slurry is made by mixing a tablet in a small amount of water before taking it. Make sure to take the medicine on an empty stomach.
(Click Carafate Dosage for a more in-depth look at why healthcare providers often recommend making a slurry. This article also discusses Carafate's general dosing guidelines, including the factors that may affect your dosage and tips on taking this medicine.)