Andapsin is a medication primarily taken to treat active duodenal ulcers. Andapsin is also used for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and stress ulcers.
What is the most important information I should know about Andapsin:
Andapsin is a prescription medication not FDA approved for veterinary use; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use this medication in dogs, cats, and horses. Andapsin is available as 1 Gm tablets. The usual dose for dogs is 1/2 to 1 tablet by mouth 3 times a day. For cats, the usual dose is 1/4 to 1/2 tablet by mouth every 8 to 12 hours. For horses, the usual dose is 4.5 mg to 9 mg per pound 4 times a day.
How it Works:
Andapsin works to prevent and treat ulcers that form in the mouth, throat, esophagus, and intestines. Andapsin works with the acids in the stomach to form a paste over the ulcers and prevent further damage.
How should this medicine be used?
Andapsin comes as a tablet and liquid to take by mouth. If you are taking Andapsin to treat ulcers, the tablets or liquid usually are taken four times a day. If you are taking Andapsin to prevent an ulcer from returning after it has healed), the tablets usually are taken twice a day. Take Andapsin on an empty stomach, 2 hours after or 1 hour before meals. Take Andapsin around the same times every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Andapsin exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Shake the liquid well before each use to mix the medication evenly.
This medicine must be taken regularly to be effective. It may take up to 8 weeks for ulcers to heal.
In a multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of CARAFATE Oral Suspension, a dosage regimen of 1 gram (10 mL) four times daily was demonstrated to be superior to placebo in ulcer healing.
Results From Clinical Trials Healing Rates for Acute Duodenal Ulcer
Equivalence of Andapsin oral suspension to Andapsin tablets has not been demonstrated.