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Personal decision: Carafate is brand of sucralfate which works by coating stomach lining. It is fda approved only for duodenal ulcers. Axid is brand of h2 receptor blocker, all of which are now available otc. In addition to treating duodenal ulcers, Axid 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
Since sucralfate creates a protective layer in the stomach does it affect the absorption of other medications? Can i eat after taking this medication?
Tough medication: It acts just like the pepto bismol commercials used to show with the pink coating lining the stomach. With carafate being taken 4 times a day, it is difficult to time the dosing of other medications. You have to take other medications an hour before or two hours after you take carafate. Same with meals. Hopefully, you can heal up your stomach lining and switch over to an easier medication to take. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I use prescription strength anti persperant in arm pits and groin daily. Doctor just prescribed Carafate for 8 weeks. Will I get alumimum toxicity?
Not likely: Carafate (sucralfate) forms a coating around the stomach to protect it from acid, bile salts, and digestive enzymes. Any amount getting absorbed into the bloodstream, if any, would be trace amounts. Similarly, no significant amount of topical antiperspirant is absorbed. Aluminum toxicity is not a concern. ...Read more
Carafate prescribed for GERD symptoms. Second night taking it woke up with intense burning in stomach, abd, arms, chest. Should I keep taking it?
Possible Interaction: Carafate is often prescribed in conjunction with other acid-controlling medications such as PPI's like omeprazole. Sucralfate can make it harder for the body to absorb PPIs. If you do, try to take the two medications 30-60 minutes apart. The burning arms is difficult to explain. Overall, discontinuing this less common medication for GERD, and asking your doctor for alternatives might be best. ...Read more
Carafate: This medication is used to treat and prevent ulcers in the intestines. Carafate forms a coating over ulcers, protecting the area from further injury. This helps ulcers heal more quickly. There are off label uses of carafate but talk to your doctor about those. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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