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 53 28
Stomach pain 28 12
Gastric ulcer 13 6
Increase effect of another treatment 7 3
Gastritis 6 2

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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
Severe 3
Moderate 4
Mild 4
None 41

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Sucralfate

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 2
Abdominal bloating 1
Diarrhea 1
Dry mouth 1
Excessive sinus drainage 1
Indigestion 1

Show all 10 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Sucralfate

Dosage Patients
1 g four times daily 6
1 g three times daily 5
1 g daily 3
1 g twice daily 3
2 g twice daily 2
1g as needed 2
2 g daily 1
3 g daily 1
10mg as needed 1
1tbs. as needed 1

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Why patients stopped taking Sucralfate

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 7
Course of treatment ended 6
Other 6
Doctor's advice 5
Side effects too severe 5
Expense 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Personal research 1
See all 28 patients who've stopped taking Sucralfate

Duration

Currently taking Sucralfate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 5
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking Sucralfate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 10
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 3
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 20
Usually 17
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 9
Not at all hard to take 29
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 4
$25-49 6
< $25 14
Not specified 28

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Sucralfate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Omeprazole (Prilosec) 2
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
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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