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Does anyone know if Carafate (sucralfate) can be used for pain?

Does anyone know if Carafate (sucralfate) can be used for pain?

Carafate (sucralfate): This medication is used to treat and prevent ulcers in the intestines. Carafate (sucralfate) forms a coating over ulcers, protecting the area from further injury. This helps ulcers heal more quickly. There are off label uses of carafate (sucralfate) but talk to your doctor about those. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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What is the drug carafate, (sucralfate) and what is it used for? Thank you.

What is the drug carafate, (sucralfate) and what is it used for? Thank you.

Sucralfate 4 ulcer: It is a medication used to treat stomach/duodenal ulcers, to prevent it, or to treat those with severe oral ulceration (epidermolysis bullosa). It is a relatively safe medication, but not as effect as other medication such as the famous purple pill. Some people do benefit from it and so still in use. Have fun learning. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can Carafate (sucralfate) be used for colitis?

Can Carafate (sucralfate) be used for colitis?

Not usually, but…: Carafate (sucralfate) taken orally will not have any affect on colitis. Having said that, however, it is sometimes used as an enema to treat colitis in the rectum and rectal ulcers. If it is prescribed that way, follow the doctor's advice on how often to take the enemas. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I take Carafate (sucralfate) with caffeine?

Can I take Carafate (sucralfate) with caffeine?

Not a good idea: Carafate (sucralfate) is to protect you stomach by forming a protective coating in your stomach lining. Caffeine irritant to your stomach. It will make your gastritis worse. That is why all ulcer or reflux or gastritis patient are put on caffeine free diet. If you take Carafate (sucralfate) with caffeine, it will make your healing process very slow or getting worse. ...Read more

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Carafate (sucralfate) vs axid?

Carafate (sucralfate) vs axid?

Personal decision: Carafate is brand of sucralfate which works by coating stomach lining. It is fda approved only for duodenal ulcers. Axid (nizatidine) is brand of h2 receptor blocker, all of which are now available otc. In addition to treating duodenal ulcers, Axid (nizatidine) is also approved for gerd (heartburn) & gastric ulcers, too. Choice depends upon what you need to treat as well as cost (insurance), dosing regimen & side effects. ...Read more

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Can Carafate (sucralfate) effect gastric emptying?

Can Carafate (sucralfate) effect gastric emptying?

Ulcer therapy: It is used more in ulcers by coating the ulcer and helping to heal faster. I don't think it helps gastric emptying. ...Read more

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Will Carafate (sucralfate) effect my other medications absorption?

Will Carafate (sucralfate) effect my other medications absorption?

Definitely: The carafate can prevent adequate absorption of other meds. They should either be taken and hour prior or several hours after. It prevents this by coating the absorptive area and thus is blocked from gaining any of the meds or at least part of it. Since you take protonix (pantoprazole) do you need the carafate? ...Read more

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Is the medication Carafate (sucralfate) used for the treatment of pain?

Is the medication Carafate (sucralfate) used for the treatment of pain?

Carafate (sucralfate): This is used to treat ulcers. It sticks to the ulcer thereby protecting it from the stomach acid and enzymes allowing healing. One could argue that it may have a role in decreasing the pain as it covers/coats the ulcer protecting it. Carafate (sucralfate) is not classed as a pain medication. ...Read more

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I'm on Prevacid 30mg and carafate (sucralfate). Is light green BMs normal on these meds?

Maybe carafate (sucralfate): Doubt this is clear. Consider eliminating this and see if the color changes or then trade and eliminate Prevacid (lansoprazole). You may need to see the gastroenterologist ...Read more

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Hi, does Carafate (sucralfate) go in the fridge after opening it? Carafate (sucralfate) is for ulser

Hi, does Carafate (sucralfate) go in the fridge after opening it? Carafate (sucralfate) is for ulser

Carafate (sucralfate): Carafate (sucralfate) suspension does not have to be refrigerated. Remember to shake it well before using. ...Read more

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Is Carafate (sucralfate) safe? What about aluminum toxicity? Also, How long is an appropriate amount of time to be on it?

Is Carafate (sucralfate) safe? What about aluminum toxicity? Also, How long is an appropriate amount of time to be on it?

Yes, safe: It is usually taken for 6-12 weeks but sometime longer depending on ulcer healing. It is a safe medication.
The ingredient aluminium mostly stays in your stomach and hardly any, if at all, amount goes into your system. So don't worry about toxicity. ...Read more

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Can Carafate (sucralfate) be used to relieve heartburn?

Can Carafate (sucralfate) be used to relieve heartburn?

GI: Yes. Carafate (sucralfate) is one of the medications used to treat "heartburn". Mylanta, maalox, Tums and Pepcid are some of the others you may have heard of. They all relieve symptoms to varying degrees. If one doesn't work you can try another. ...Read more

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Allergic to Carafate (sucralfate) (face started swelling). Any alternatives that do the same thing?

Allergic to Carafate (sucralfate) (face started swelling). Any alternatives that do the same thing?

Try alternative: Therapies such as PPI or H2 blockers with simultaneous use of Mylanta or Maalox. Consult your physician for alternative Rxs ...Read more

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Can Carafate (sucralfate) effect a gastric emptying study?

Can Carafate (sucralfate) effect a gastric emptying study?

Slows emptying: Sucralfate (carafate) delays gastric emptying of liquids and solids in duodenal ulcer patients. ...Read more

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Help please! Could Carafate (sucralfate) help a hiatal hernia?

Help please! Could Carafate (sucralfate) help a hiatal hernia?

Not really: A sliding type hiatal hernia is associated with reflux of gastric contents into the esophagus. The acid causes burning sensation described as "heartburn", sometimes an intense pressure sensation like angina. Carafate (sucralfate) coats the stomach lining to help shield the mucosa from acid. Itwould not effectively protect the esophagus. You need a proton pump inhibitor or h2 blocker to reduce acid. ...Read more

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Is the strength of plavix compromised when taking Carafate (sucralfate) and zantac?

Is the strength of plavix compromised when taking Carafate (sucralfate) and zantac?

No: Drugs interact with Plavix are most ppis (nexium, Prilosec class of drugs).Tagamet (generic name: cimetidine)
prozac, sarafem, and symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine) (generic name: fluoxetine)
luvox (generic name: fluvoxamine)
ticlid (generic name: ticlopidine)
diflucan (generic name: fluconazole)
nizoral (generic name: ketoconazole)
vfend (generic name: voriconazole)
intelence (generic name: etravirine)
felbatol ...Read more

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I'm taking Carafate (sucralfate) 4 times a day and have noticed increased urination. Is this normal?

I'm taking Carafate (sucralfate) 4 times a day and have noticed increased urination. Is this normal?

Unlikely related: Carafate/sucralafate is a medication that binds to the surface of ulcers and irritations of lining of GI tract. It is not absorbed to any degree into blood and would not likely cause any change in urination. ...Read more

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First Time taking Carafate (sucralfate) once in morning and once at bedtime. Next morning really nauseated and belching. Is this common? PPI not working

First Time taking Carafate (sucralfate) once in morning and once at bedtime. Next morning really nauseated and belching. Is this common? PPI not working

Possible side effect: Carafate (sucralfate) can cause nausea in some patients. It's not common but does occur. For more information on reflux see: http://bit. Ly/ZquHBK for information on peptic ulcer disease see http://bit. Ly/1xOZnsD ...Read more

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If you forget to delay a small breakfast after taking Carafate (sucralfate) (e.G. Only waiting a half hour), do you get any benefit (or harm) from having taken it?

If you forget to delay a small breakfast after taking Carafate (sucralfate) (e.G. Only waiting a half hour), do you get any benefit (or harm) from having taken it?

Yes, but a bit less: It is recommended that Carafate (sucralfate) be takenon an empty stoomach 1 hour before meal or two-three hours after. The presence of food interfere with its ability to work--binding/coating the ulcers etc...So, taking it a half an hour before you should get some benefit (no harm should come from this). If you have additional concerns, post them here on healhtap. Com or consult your doc...Good luck. ...Read more

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How soon should I take my Carafate (sucralfate) before my 800mg ibuprofen?

How soon should I take my Carafate (sucralfate) before my 800mg ibuprofen?

Carafate (sucralfate) time: Excellent question! Since Carafate (sucralfate) functions to coat the lining of the upper GI tract and prevent it from further damage, it would be advisable to take it before ibuprofen, aspirin or other NSAID drugs as these are known to irritate the stomach lining. ...Read more

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Is Carafate (sucralfate) also good at healing esophageal damage from acid reflux?

Is Carafate (sucralfate) also good at healing esophageal damage from acid reflux?

No really: Carafate (sucralfate) is good at helping ulcers heal. If you have ulceration in your esophagus from acid reflux, then it might help. If you just have inflammation (aka "reflux esophagitis") then carafate (sucralfate) is generally a waste of time and money. It's really difficult to take (4 times per day) so I only advise my patients in whom I suspect ulcers to take carafate (sucralfate). ...Read more

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I took doxycycline about 2-3hours ago. Will it be safe to take the Carafate (sucralfate) now?

I took doxycycline about 2-3hours ago. Will it be safe to take the Carafate (sucralfate) now?

I guess yes: Carafate (sucralfate) produces a mucus like material to protect the lining of the stomach. I guess that you are concerned with the absorption of the Doxycycline. Tetracyclines like Doxycycline cannot get absorved only if taken with calcium containing medicines or dairy foods. Three hours may be enough. Doxycycline may upset the stomach if taken without food. ...Read more

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Does Carafate (sucralfate) heal damage caused by chronic acid reflux? If I take this, how can I prevent aluminum toxicity?

Does Carafate (sucralfate) heal damage caused by chronic acid reflux? If I take this, how can I prevent aluminum toxicity?

Don't need to worry: About aluminum if you have normal renal function as will be excreted through your kidneys. Only take the recommended dose of carafate (sucralfate). ...Read more

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How likely is aluminum poisoning from carafate (sucralfate)? I use prescription strength anti-persperent that contains aluminum also.

How likely is aluminum poisoning from carafate (sucralfate)? I use prescription strength anti-persperent that contains aluminum also.

Not likely but?: Sucrafate and Anti-perspirants both contain aluminum which is absorbed and stored in bodily tissues. Chronic may cause toxicity, most particularly for patients with chronic renal disease or who are on dialysis.

I would advise switching to an anti-perspirant that doesn't contain aluminum such as Arm and Hammer. Ask your physician if there is an alternative to Sucrafate for your condition. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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