How Does It Work?Carafate mostly works at the site of the ulcer; very little of this medicine is absorbed into the rest of the body. It works by forming a protective paste-like substance by binding to the proteins exuded by the ulcer.
Carafate Use in ChildrenThis medication is approved for use in children. Talk with your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Carafate in children.
Off-label Uses of CarafateOn occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for something other than treating duodenal ulcers (this would be known as an "off-label" use). A few off-label uses for Carafate include:
- Treating and/or preventing gastric ulcers (stomach ulcers)
- Treating mouth sores and digestive tract sores due to chemotherapy or radiation
- Treating gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Preventing ulcers in people in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a hospital (this use is also known as "stress ulcer prophylaxis").