In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02100622 ||SULCRATE 1G TABLET|
|02103567 ||SULCRATE SUSPENSION PLUS 1G/5ML ORAL SUSPENSION|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Sucralfate belongs to the class of medications called gastroduodenal cytoprotective agents. Sucralfate is used to treat duodenal and stomach ulcers and to prevent duodenal ulcers. The liquid form of sucralfate is also used to prevent bleeding due to stress ulcers in people who are critically ill. It works by forming a coating over the ulcer. This coating protects the ulcer from stomach acid, allowing it to heal.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
For the treatment of duodenal and stomach ulcers, the recommended adult dose is 1 g (1 tablet or 5 mL of liquid) 4 times daily, 1 hour before meals and at bedtime, on an empty stomach. In certain cases, your doctor may suggest taking 2 g (2 tablets or 10 mL liquid) twice a day on an empty stomach. Treatment is usually for 6 to 12 weeks.
For the prevention of duodenal ulcers, the recommended adult dose is 1 g (1 tablet or 5 mL of liquid) 2 times daily, on an empty stomach. Treatment may be continued for up to 1 year.
For the prevention of bleeding due to stress ulcers in people who are critically ill, the recommended adult dose of the liquid is 1 g (5 mL) 4 to 6 times daily. Treatment is usually for not more than 14 days.
For the liquid suspension, shake well before using.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each white, capsule-shaped, biconvex tablet, embossed with "SULCRATE" on one side and debossed with "HMR" on the other side, contains 1 g of sucralfate. Nonmedicinal ingredients: hydrogenated vegetable oil, calcium carboxymethylcellulose, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose.
1 g/5 mL
Each 5 mL of off-white, creamy, suspension with a caramel odour contains 1 g of sucralfate. Nonmedicinal ingredients: glycerin, sodium methylparaben, sodium propylparaben, sodium phosphate monobasic, xanthan gum, and caramel artificial flavour.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Sucralfate should not be taken by anyone who is allergic to sucralfate or to any of the ingredients of the medication.