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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Sucralfate (Definition)

Sucralfate is an anti-ulcer agent which is a ...Read more


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I was diagnosed with gastritis/ intestinal metaplasia last month. I'm on Prilosec and carafate (sucralfate). How long should it take for healing/reversal?

I was diagnosed with gastritis/ intestinal metaplasia last month. I'm on Prilosec and carafate (sucralfate). How long should it take for healing/reversal?

Your treating doctor: You doctor will guide you further. Most times gastritis heals pretty quickly...Like in a couple of weeks. Metaplasia/dysplasia is somewhat more unpredictable but follow up examination of your stomach should be considered in order to monitor this change at least once yearly till it normalizes. ...Read more

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How long for carafate to get out of system?

Carafate: It may take a little over 4 days for Carafate to be totally gone from your body. ...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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Mild gastritis for 3 month. Bland diet but intense pain hunger and tender around navel area. How long to heal? Taking carafate, (sucralfate) pantoprazole.

Gastritis?: The lack of response to standard treatment is of concern. There are many questions that need to be answered: have you undergone endoscopy (scope into stomach) and duodenum (small intestine); are you pregnant? Further testing may be indicated, depending on the results of the endoscopy. A more rare, but possible condition, could be a diverticular hernia (an intestinal congenital diverticulum). ...Read more

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After stomach bug, have stomach burning for 3 weeks. On pantoprazole 40mg, Zanatc 150mg, Carafate at night. Had gastritis last year w/ EGD. Any ideas?

The stomach bug: May have been H. pylori and is continuing to eat a hole in your stomach, or the bug may have just made your stomach raw. Get tested for the germ. ...Read more

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How long does protonix (pantoprazole) and carafate generally take to start giving relief? I have bad stomach pain and heart burn.

How long does protonix (pantoprazole) and carafate generally take to start giving relief? I have bad stomach pain and heart burn.

Different: Protonix (pantoprazole) takes at least a day (often several days) to take effect. Sucralafate works within a few hours. Protonix (pantoprazole) won't be your best option for relieving symptoms right away AFTER they are noticed. Have you tried ranitidine or cimetidine? ...Read more

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Chronic inflamation after treated for h pylori. Pain lasts All Day. Radiatesto back. Stomach fullness, bloating, heart burn. On Nexium (esomeprazole) and carafate. No btr?

Chronic inflamation after treated for h pylori. Pain lasts All Day. Radiatesto back. Stomach fullness, bloating, heart burn. On Nexium (esomeprazole) and carafate. No btr?

See your gastro Md: With continued discomfort while on Nexium (esomeprazole) you must seek further medical help as you may have an ulcer which could bleed. In the meantime please avoid citrus and spicy foods esp tomato based productd and juices. Also avoid alcohol and caffeine. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can Sucralfate be taken long term by patients at a risk of esophogus cancer due to acid reflux?

Can Sucralfate be taken long term by patients at a risk of esophogus cancer due to acid reflux?

Yes but (answer #2): Sucralfate is adjunctive therapy that likely forms a coating over damaged tissue, in theory protecting the area from further injury. No drug is perfect however, so long-term safety and efficacy here may not achieve your goal. ...Read more

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I had the gastric bypass 2007 and I have a anastomotic ulcer. I 'm taking raniidine 150 and sucralfate 1 mg 3x/day. I in pain and 8yrs is too long?

I had the gastric bypass 2007 and I have a anastomotic ulcer. I 'm taking raniidine 150 and sucralfate 1 mg 3x/day. I in pain and 8yrs is too long?

It's too long: It's likely that you have an underlying cause of the ulcer that needs to be addressed. Cigarette smoking, alcohol, anti inflammatory medications are often the cause, but there are many other possibilities. See your bariatric specialist. ...Read more

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My 13 year old is taking sucralfate for stomach ache how long should it be before it starts working?

My 13 year old is taking sucralfate for stomach ache how long should it be before it starts working?

Depends on injury.: Sucralfate is absorbed very minimally and works by coating the lining of the stomach to protect any ulcers or inflammation from the acids in the stomach.
It should be taken 4 times a day at least 1 hour before meals to allow for coating of the stomach. Pain relief should occur after a few doses, but if persist after 3 -4 days, contact your doctor for advise regarding your symptoms. ...Read more

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Went to ER last week, diagnosed Gastritis, now diarrhea, had shortness of breath, stopped sucralfate yesterday, now feel like there's lump in throat,?

Went to ER last week, diagnosed Gastritis, now diarrhea, had shortness of breath, stopped sucralfate yesterday, now feel like there's lump in throat,?

Gastritis: Tested for H pylori - a bacteria that complicates gastritis? . Since there is a "lump in throat " -concerns about allergic reaction to sucralafate go to ER (may also be reflux). Discuss use of ranitidine/ prevacid (unless previous reaction) and h pylori which needs antibiotics. F/u/ w/ GI for endoscopy check for eosinophilic esophagitis, avoid NSAIDS caffeine, alcohol but go to ER today. ...Read more

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Had cholecystectomy 2 months taking sucralfate for a week for bile reflux. Really bad chest pain and sore throat. How long for sucralfate to work?

Had cholecystectomy 2 months taking sucralfate for a week for bile reflux. Really bad chest pain and sore throat. How long for sucralfate to work?

1 to 2 weeks.: I would think that if the sucralfate is going to actually help, you should start noticing some improvement within 1 to 2 weeks. If you do not, then I would return to your doctor for the next step in the work up and/or the treatment of your symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I take protinix with carafate?

Yes: There is no contraindication for taking Protonix with carafate (sucralfate). ...Read more

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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

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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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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) 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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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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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

Dr. James Lin
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Carafate (Definition)

Carafate is an anti-ulcer agent which is a ...Read more