Sucralfate is a medication used to treat stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), radiation proctitis, and stomach inflammation, as well as to prevent stress ulcers. It is a medication used to treat and prevent stomach and small intestine ulcers. Its utility in people infected with H. pylori is limited. It can be taken orally (for upper GIT ulcers) or rectally (for radiation proctitis). It works by forming a protective layer over the ulcer, which aids in the reduction of irritation and the promotion of healing.
Sucralfate is usually taken orally as a tablet or liquid suspension. It is typically taken four times per day, one hour before meals, two hours after meals, and before bedtime. The treatment dosage and duration will be determined by the severity of the ulcer as well as other factors such as the patient’s age and overall health.
Sucralfate is a medication that is used to treat and prevent the recurrence of duodenal ulcers (ulcers in the first part of the small intestine). Other medications, such as antibiotics, may be required to treat and prevent the recurrence of ulcers caused by a specific type of bacteria (H. pylori). Sucralfate belongs to the class of medications known as protectants. It adheres to damaged ulcer tissue and protects it from acid and enzymes, allowing healing to occur.
Sucralfate commonly causes constipation, dry mouth, upset stomach, and dizziness. More serious side effects, such as difficulty breathing or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat, can occur in rare cases. Seek medical attention right away if you experience any of these more serious side effects.
Constipation is a common side effect. Bezoar formation and encephalopathy are two serious side effects that may occur. Pregnancy and breastfeeding appear to be safe. It is unclear how it works, but it is thought to involve binding to the ulcer and protecting it from further damage.
Sucralfate received medical approval in the United States in 1981. It is available as a generic drug. It is available as a generic medication. In 2020, it was the 182nd most commonly prescribed medication in the United States, with more than 2 million prescriptions.
It is critical to follow your healthcare provider’s instructions and take sucralfate exactly as directed. Even if you start feeling better, do not stop taking the medication without consulting your healthcare provider.