Sucralfate is used totreat stomach ulcers, bowel ulcers and inflammation of the stomach.
* Common: constipation. * Uncommon: Dry mouth, nausea, indigestion. * Rare: Skin rashes.
* Sucralfate may reduce the absorption of drugs like ciprofloxacin and norfloxacin, tetracycline, sulpiride, digoxin, warfarin, ketoconazole, phenytoin, theophylline, levothyroxine, quinidine, cimetidine and ranitidine. * Always consult your physician for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required.
MECHANISM OF ACTION
Sucralfate belongs toa category of drugs called as ulcer-healing medications. It works by forming aprotective lining over the ulcer and protects it from acid, bile salts andenzymes.
Always follow the instructions of doctor regarding the dosage and duration. * Benign gastric and duodenal ulceration or chronic gastritis: * Adults and adolescents (over 15 years): 2 g twice daily (on waking up and at bedtime) or 1 g up to 4 times daily, 1 hour before meals and at bedtime, taken for 4–6 weeks or in some cases up to 12 weeks; maximum 8 g daily. * Prophylaxis of stress ulceration: * Adults and adolescents (children over 15 years): 1 g upto 6 times daily; maximum 8 g daily.
DOs and DON'Ts
* Do not take the medicine If you are allergic to it or to any other content in the medicine. * Take sucralfate on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. * Avoid taking any other medications within 2 hours before or after you take sucralfate. * Do not drive or operate heavy machinery after taking this medicine as it may make you feel dizzy.
* Sucralfate should not be taken: * If the patient is allergic to it or to any other content in the medicine. * If the patient has kidney problems and requires dialysis. * If the patient is less than 15 years of age.
Q. Is sucralfate safe in pregnancy?Sucralfate is not expected to harm the fetus. However, please inform your doctor if you are pregnant.Q. Is sucralfate an antibiotic/sulfa drug/pain-killer/PPI?Sucralfate is not an antibiotic/sulfa drug/ PPI (proton-pump inhibitor) or a pain-killer. It is an ulcer protective medicine.Q. Is sucralfate available or sold over the counter?No. Sucralfate is a prescription drug. It is not available or sold over the counter.Q. Is sucralfate gluten free?Yes. Sucralfate is gluten free. However, please refer to package insert of the prescribed brand before use.Q. Is sucralfate safe?Yes. Sucralfate is relatively safe if used as recommended. In case of any side-effects, consult your doctor.Q. Can I take sucralfate with Prilosec/Nexium/Tylenol/Zantac/ibuprofen/Pepto?Yes. Sucralfate can be taken with Prilosec/Nexium/Tylenol/Zantac/ibuprofen and Pepto if prescribed by your doctor.Q. Does sucralfate cause headaches/weight gain/insomnia/heartburn?Sucralfate does not cause headaches/weight gain/insomnia or heartburn. If you experience any such symptoms, please consult your doctor.Q. Can I take sucralfate with milk/alcohol/food?Sucralfate can be taken with milk, alcohol or food.Q. Is sucralfate a narcotic drug?No. Sucralfate is not a narcotic drug.
* Summary of product characteristics. * https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/3711 * Patient information leaflet. * https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/PIL.17626.latest.pdf * British national formulary (BNF 2011). * Drugs.com. http://www.drugs.com/mtm/sucralfate.html
SUBSTITUTESNo substitutes found
Can I take Acicrol (100ml) during pregnancy?
Studies in animals have shown no risk to the fetus, however there are no sufficient studies in humans. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.