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Carafate is a prescription drug used for the treatment of duodenal ulcers. It works by forming a protective substance at the site of the ulcer. This medication comes in the form of a tablet or an oral liquid, and is taken two to four times daily. The most common side effect of this medicine is constipation.
What Is Carafate?Carafate® (sucralfate) is a prescription medication approved to treat duodenal ulcers (ulcers in the first part of the small intestine).
Who Makes Carafate?Brand-name Carafate is made by Axcan Scandipharm, Inc. Generic versions are made by various manufacturers.
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.
When and How to Take CarafateSome general considerations for when and how to take this medication include the following:
- 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.
- Make sure to shake the suspension well before each dose.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.