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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.
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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 Apo Sucralfate for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of Apo Sucralfate 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 Apo Sucralfate, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Apo Sucralfate without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Apo Sucralfate to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take Apo Sucralfate if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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 Apo Sucralfate 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 Apo Sucralfate 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.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent. The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Apo Sucralfate. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Apo Sucralfate with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Apo Sucralfate. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of these side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not check with your doctor or seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Apo Sucralfate.
Apo Sucralfate is available as a 1 g tablet.
Sucralfate should not be taken by anyone who is allergic to sucralfate or to any of the ingredients of the medication.
There may be an interaction between sucralfate and any of the following:
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with Apo Sucralfate. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use Apo Sucralfate.
Chronic kidney failure (dialyzed patients): Sucralfate should be used with caution by people with chronic kidney failure. When sucralfate is taken by mouth, small amounts of aluminum are absorbed from the stomach wall. This may lead to aluminum accumulation. People with normal kidney function are at lower risk for this problem. People with impaired kidney function should be cautious when taking other aluminum-containing medications (e.g., certain antacids) while they also take sucralfate.
Diabetes: People with diabetes have reported high blood sugar levels while taking Apo Sucralfate because the liquid form of sucralfate contains carbohydrate. It is important for people with diabetes to monitor their blood sugar levels while taking sucralfate liquid.
General: Because sucralfate does not treat the underlying cause of ulcers, an ulcer may come back after sucralfate treatment.
Pregnancy: Apo Sucralfate should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking Apo Sucralfate, contact your doctor immediately.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using Apo Sucralfate have not been established for children and adolescents under 18 years of age. The use of sucralfate by this age group is not recommended.
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