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Available by prescription, Carafate® (sucralfate) is a medication used to treat duodenal ulcers, which occur in the first part of the small intestine. The drug comes in the form of tablets and an oral suspension. 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.
It's important to review Carafate's safety information with your healthcare provider before starting treatment. This medication may not be suitable for everyone, so make sure your healthcare provider is aware if you have any other medical conditions (such as kidney disease or any allergies) or are taking any other types of medicine. The most common side effect of this drug is constipation.
(For more information on this medication, click Carafate. This article provides a more in-depth discussion, explaining how Carafate works for treating duodenal ulcers, what to expect while taking it, and how to ensure the effectiveness of each dose.)