Sucralfate is a gastric medicine.
It is used to treat conditions caused by excessive acidity in your stomach, such as ulcers in the stomach or duodenum (upper portion of the small intestine) and gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining).
Sucralfate treats these conditions by forming a protective coating over the stomach ulcers thus protecting it from the acidic environment.
Take Sucralfate exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Sucralfate should be taken on an empty stomach 1 hour before meals and at bedtime.
You may need to take Sucralfate for some time before the full benefits can be felt. Continue to take it even when you feel better and do not stop taking it unless advised by your doctor to do so.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Inform your doctor if you have kidney disease.
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If your gastric problem seems to be getting worse, let your doctor know. Do not take Sucralfate for a long period of time unless instructed otherwise.
Sucralfate may cause dizziness. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Sucralfate may cause any of the following side effects: constipation, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, wind in the stomach, headache and back pain. These should get better or go away as your body adjusts to the medicine.
Some side effects may be serious, although they are not common. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience rashes, swelling of the face or mouth and breathing difficulties.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- blood-thinning medicine e.g. warfarin
- medicine for fungal infection e.g. ketoconazole
- medicine for thyroid disorders e.g. levothyroxine
- medicine for asthma e.g. theophylline
- medicine for heart disease e.g. digoxin, quinidine
- medicine for mood disorder e.g. sulpiride
- antibiotics e.g. ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin, tetracycline
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Sucralfate.
Take other medicines 2 hours before or after taking Sucralfate.
If you need to take antacids for relief of pain, take them at least 30 minutes before or after Sucralfate.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Sucralfate should be given 1 hour before or after enteral feeds administered by tube feeding.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.