Calfate tablets

Calfate

  • Active Ingredient: Sucralfate
  • 1000 mg
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What is Calfate?

The active ingredient of Calfate brand is sucralfate. Sucralfate is an anti-ulcer medication.

Used for

Calfate is used to treat diseases such as: Duodenal Ulcer, Duodenal Ulcer Prophylaxis, GERD, Hyperphosphatemia of Renal Failure, Stomach Ulcer, Stomatitis, Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis.

Side Effect

Possible side effects of Calfate include: Drowsiness; dizziness or lightheadedness; Backache; nausea; stomach cramps or pain; Constipation; indigestion; convulsions (seizures).

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What other drugs will affect Calfate:

Calfate may affect the absorption of many other medications. Do not give any medications within 2 hours of giving Calfate. Drugs other than those listed may also interact with Calfate. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines including vitamins, and supplements.

PRECAUTIONS

The physician should read the “ PRECAUTIONS ” section when considering the use of CARAFATE Oral Suspension in pregnant or pediatric patients, or patients of childbearing potential.

Duodenal ulcer is a chronic, recurrent disease. While short-term treatment with Calfate can result in complete healing of the ulcer, a successful course of treatment with Calfate should not be expected to alter the post healing frequency or severity of duodenal ulceration.

Episodes of hyperglycemia have been reported in diabetic patients. Close monitoring of glycemia in diabetic patients treated with CARAFATE Oral Suspension is recommended. Adjustment of the anti-diabetic treatment dose during the use of CARAFATE Oral Suspension might be necessary.

What is Calfate (Carafate)?

Calfate is used short-term (up to 8 weeks) to treat an active duodenal ulcer.

Calfate works mainly in the lining of the stomach and is not highly absorbed into the body. This medicine adheres to ulcer sites and protects them from acids, enzymes, and bile salts.

Calfate can heal an active ulcer, but it will not prevent future ulcers from occurring.

Calfate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What other drugs will affect Calfate (Carafate)?

Other drugs may affect Calfate, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.

What are the possible side effects of Calfate (Carafate)?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should this medicine be used?

Calfate comes as a tablet and liquid to take by mouth. If you are taking Calfate to treat ulcers, the tablets or liquid usually are taken four times a day. If you are taking Calfate to prevent an ulcer from returning after it has healed), the tablets usually are taken twice a day. Take Calfate on an empty stomach, 2 hours after or 1 hour before meals. Take Calfate 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 Calfate 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.

Important Information

The liquid form of Calfate should never be injected through a needle into the body, or death may occur.

How should I take Calfate (Carafate)?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Take Calfate on an empty stomach.

Shake the oral suspension (liquid) before you measure a dose. Use the dosing syringe provided, or use a medicine dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).

The liquid from of this medicine should never be injected through a needle into the body, or death may occur. Calfate oral suspension is to be taken only by mouth.

If you are diabetic, check your blood sugar regularly. Your doctor may adjust your dose based on your blood sugar levels.

It may take 2 to 8 weeks before you receive the full benefit of taking Calfate. Calfate should not be taken for longer than 8 weeks at a time.

Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time, even if your symptoms quickly improve.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not allow the liquid medicine to freeze.

OVERDOSE

Due to limited experience in humans with overdosage of Calfate, no specific treatment recommendations can be given. Acute oral studies in animals, however, using doses up to 12 g/kg body weight, could not find a lethal dose. Calfate is only minimally absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Risks associated with acute overdosage should, therefore, be minimal. In rare reports describing Calfate overdose, most patients remained asymptomatic. Those few reports where adverse events were described included symptoms of dyspepsia, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.

Calfate side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

PICTURES OF SUCRALFATE PRODUCTS

Below you will find images and specific information on the principal types of Calfate that exist, including their respective brand name(s), strength, inscription codes, manufacturers and/or distributors.

The information below includes general information and guidelines for patients taking this medication and should never be used to substitute professional medical advice that can be provided by a qualified physician or family doctor.

What are the side effects of Carafate (Calfate)?

Carafate is well tolerated. Constipation is the most frequent side effect.

Other side effects include:

Active Duodenal Ulcer

The recommended adult oral dosage for duodenal ulcer is 1 gram (10 mL) four times per day. CARAFATE Oral Suspension should be administered on an empty stomach.

Antacids may be prescribed as needed for relief of pain but should not be taken within one-half hour before or after CARAFATE Oral Suspension.

While healing with Calfate may occur during the first week or two, treatment should be continued for 4 to 8 weeks unless healing has been demonstrated by x-ray or endoscopic examination.

What are the uses for Carafate (Calfate)?

  • Carafate is used for the treatment of peptic ulcer disease and to prevent recurrent ulcers after healing of the ulcer has been achieved.
  • Carafate also has been used to relieve or prevent ulcers caused by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), but is less effective than misoprostol (Cytotec).
  • Carafate also is used in the treatment of patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
  • Off-label uses are to prevent stress ulcers, which are ulcers associated with high degrees of physical stress (for example, extensive burns, surgery, and overwhelming infection) in hospitalized patients.

What is the most important information I should know about Calfate:

Calfate 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. Calfate 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.

What should I avoid while taking Calfate (Carafate)?

Avoid taking any other medications within 2 hours before or after you take Calfate. Calfate can make it harder for your body to absorb other medications you take by mouth.

Ask your doctor before using an antacid, and use only the type your doctor recommends. Some antacids can make it harder for Calfate to work in your stomach. Avoid taking an antacid within 30 minutes before or after taking Calfate.

How should I take Calfate?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Take Calfate on an empty stomach.

Shake the oral suspension (liquid) before you measure a dose. Use the dosing syringe provided, or use a medicine dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).

The liquid from of Calfate should never be injected through a needle into the body, or death may occur. Calfate oral suspension is to be taken only by mouth.

If you are diabetic, check your blood sugar regularly. Your doctor may adjust your dose based on your blood sugar levels.

It may take 2 to 8 weeks before you receive the full benefit of taking Calfate. Calfate should not be taken for longer than 8 weeks at a time.

Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time, even if your symptoms quickly improve.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not allow the liquid medicine to freeze.


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