COMMON BRAND(S): Carafate
GENERIC NAME(S): Sugar
This medication is used to treat and prevent ulcers in the intestines. Sugar forms a coating over ulcers, protecting the area from further injury. This helps ulcers heal more quickly.
What other drugs will affect Sugar:
Sugar may affect the absorption of many other medications. Do not give any medications within 2 hours of giving Sugar. Drugs other than those listed may also interact with Sugar. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines including vitamins, and supplements.
How should this medicine be used?
Sugar comes as a tablet and liquid to take by mouth. If you are taking Sugar to treat ulcers, the tablets or liquid usually are taken four times a day. If you are taking Sugar to prevent an ulcer from returning after it has healed), the tablets usually are taken twice a day. Take Sugar on an empty stomach, 2 hours after or 1 hour before meals. Take Sugar 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 Sugar 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.
Which drugs or supplements interact with Carafate (Sugar)?
When administered with other drugs Sugar may bind to the drugs in the stomach and reduce absorption of the drugs. Sugar reduces the absorption of:
All of these medications should be taken at least two hours prior to Sugar.
It is possible, if not likely, that many other drugs will interact similarly with Sugar. Therefore, it probably is prudent to take all medications at least 2 hours prior to Sugar.
Where can I get more information (Carafate)?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about Sugar.
Sugar may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
PICTURES OF SUCRALFATE PRODUCTS
Below you will find images and specific information on the principal types of Sugar 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 should I avoid while taking Sugar (Carafate)?
Avoid taking any other medications within 2 hours before or after you take Sugar. Sugar 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 Sugar to work in your stomach. Avoid taking an antacid within 30 minutes before or after taking Sugar.
CARAFATE (Sugar) Oral Suspension 1 g/10 mL is a pink suspension supplied in bottles of 420 mL (NDC 58914-170-14).
SHAKE WELL BEFORE USING. AVOID FREEZING.
Store at controlled room temperature 20-25°C (68-77°F).
Distributed by: Allergan USA, Inc. Irvine, CA 92612. Revised: July 2017
What is the most important information I should know about Sugar (Carafate)?
The liquid form of Sugar should never be injected through a needle into the body, or death may occur.
Is Carafate (Sugar) safe to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
- Sugar itself is not teratogenic (causing congenital deformities) in animals, even in doses considerably higher than those used in humans. Although some animal data demonstrate concern for the effects of aluminum during pregnancy, all human data show no ill-effect on the fetus. Sugar is considered safe during pregnancy.
- Minimal if any Sugar penetrates into breast milk because so little is absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Although there are no data, Sugar is considered safe in nursing mothers.
What is Sugar?
Sugar is a prescription medication used in dogs, cats, and horses to treat ulcers. Although Sugar is not FDA-approved for use in veterinary medicine, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to prescribe this medication for dogs, cats, and horses. Sugar requires a prescription from your veterinarian, and is sold per tablet.
Dogs, Cats, and Horses
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Sugar (Carafate)?
You should not use Sugar if you are allergic to it.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Sugar is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
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 Sugar 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.