Before taking sucralfate, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis). You may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take sucralfate.
FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether sucralfate passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Avoid taking any other medications at the same time you take sucralfate. It is best not to take other medicines within 2 hours before or after taking sucralfate.
Avoid using antacids without your doctor’s advice. Use only the specific type of antacid your doctor recommends. Antacids contain different medicines and some types can make it harder for sucralfate to work in your stomach.
If your doctor does recommend using an antacid, avoid taking it within 30 minutes before or after taking sucralfate.
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
An overdose of sucralfate is not likely to produce life-threatening symptoms.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Less serious side effects may include:
- nausea, vomiting, indigestion;
- stomach pain;
- constipation, diarrhea;
- mild itching or skin rash;
- sleep problems (insomnia);
- dizziness, drowsiness, spinning sensation;
- headache; or
- back pain.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Taking sucralfate can make it harder for your body to absorb many other medications, especially:
- cimetidine (Tagamet);
- digoxin (digitalis, Lanoxin);
- levothyroxine (Synthroid);
- phenytoin (Dilantin);
- quinidine (Quinaglute, Quinidex, Quin-Release);
- ranitidine (Zantac);
- tetracycline (Brodspec, Panmycin, Sumycin, Tetracap);
- theophylline (Elixophyllin, Respbid, Slo-Bid, Theo-Dur, and others);
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin); or
- certain antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), levofloxacin (Levaquin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), ketoconazole (Nizoral), and others.
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with sucralfate. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Carafate and sucralfate
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