What is Sucralfate?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Carafate Ulcyte Antepsin

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Sucralfate is a gastrointestinal agent used for management of duodenal ulcers. It may also be used for gastric ulcers, GERD, esophagitis, prevention of stress ulcers. Topically, it is used for treatment of stomatitis due to cancer chemotherapy and other causes of esophageal and gastric erosions.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Acid reflux 46 23
Stomach pain 27 11
Gastric ulcer 13 5
Increase effect of another treatment 7 3
Gastritis 4 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 3
Moderate 2
Mild 2
None 39

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Sucralfate

Side effect Patients Percentage
Abdominal bloating 1
Diarrhea 1
Dizziness 1
Excessive sinus drainage 1
Indigestion 1
Mouth sores (ulcers) 1

Show all 8 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Sucralfate

Dosage Patients Percentage
1 g four times daily 3
1 g three times daily 2
1 g twice daily 1
2 g daily 1
4 g daily 1
90 g three times daily 1
0 1g as needed 1
1g as needed 1
1tablet(s) as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Sucralfate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 9
Course of treatment ended 8
Other 7
Side effects too severe 6
Doctor's advice 5
Expense 2
Personal research 1
See all 32 patients who've stopped taking Sucralfate

Duration

Currently taking Sucralfate

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Sucralfate

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 12
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 4
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 18
Usually 15
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 9
Not at all hard to take 23
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 5
$25-49 5
< $25 17
Not specified 19

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Sucralfate after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Omeprazole (Prilosec) 3
Pantoprazole (Protonix) 2
Dexlansoprazole (Dexilant) 1
Esomeprazole (Nexium) 1
Lansoprazole (Prevacid) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Sucralfate and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Dexlansoprazole (Dexilant) 1
Esomeprazole (Nexium) 1
Omeprazole (Prilosec) 1
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3 patient evaluations for Sucralfate

Jan 14, 2016 (Started Dec 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for gastric ulcer)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 g Four times daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 7, 2010 (Started Dec 07, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 g Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 12, 2009 (Started Jun 13, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for steakhouse syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: taking this med prevented ulcers from coming back and swollowing eaiser
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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