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What Is Carafate?

Carafate® (sucralfate) is an oral medication used for the treatment of duodenal ulcers. It mostly works at the site of the ulcer, forming a protective paste-like substance by binding to the proteins exuded by the ulcer.
Carafate comes in the form of a tablet and oral suspension (liquid). It is usually taken four times a day (to heal ulcers) or twice daily (to prevent the ulcers from recurring). You should take the medicine on an empty stomach.
This prescription medication is not suitable for everyone. For example, you may not be able to take Carafate safely if you have kidney disease or certain allergies. Before using this medication, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medical conditions you have and any other medications you are taking.
(For more information on what Carafate is used for, click Carafate. This article offers more information on when and how to take this medication, warnings and precautions associated with this drug, and possible side effects.)
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