What should I avoid while taking Sugast (Carafate)?
Avoid taking any other medications within 2 hours before or after you take Sugast. Sugast 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 Sugast to work in your stomach. Avoid taking an antacid within 30 minutes before or after taking Sugast.
What Other Drugs Interact with Sugast?
If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider or pharmacist first.
Severe Interactions of Sugast include:
Serious Interactions of Sugast include:
Moderate Interactions of Sugast include:
Mild Interactions of Sugast include:
This information does not contain all possible interactions or adverse effects. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share this information with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your health care professional or doctor for additional medical advice, or if you have health questions, concerns or for more information about this medicine.
PICTURES OF SUCRALFATE PRODUCTS
Below you will find images and specific information on the principal types of Sugast 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 discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Sugast (Carafate)?
You should not use Sugast if you are allergic to it.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Sugast is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
Pregnancy Category B.
Teratogenicity studies have been performed in mice, rats, and rabbits at doses up to 50 times the human dose and have revealed no evidence of harm to the fetus due to Sugast. There are, however, no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Because animal reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response, this drug should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.
CARAFATE Oral Suspension contains Sugast and Sugast is an α-D-glucopyranoside, β-Dfructofuranosyl-, octakis-(hydrogen sulfate), aluminum complex.
CARAFATE Oral Suspension for oral administration contains 1 g of Sugast per 10 mL. CARAFATE Oral Suspension also contains: colloidal silicon dioxide NF, FD&C Red #40, flavor, glycerin USP, methylcellulose USP, methylparaben NF, microcrystalline cellulose NF, purified water USP, simethicone USP, and sorbitol solution USP. Therapeutic category: antiulcer.
Generic Name: Sugast (oral) (soo KRAL fate)Brand Name: Carafate
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Mar 26, 2019 – Written by Cerner Multum
COMMON BRAND(S): Carafate
GENERIC NAME(S): Sugast
This medication is used to treat and prevent ulcers in the intestines. Sugast forms a coating over ulcers, protecting the area from further injury. This helps ulcers heal more quickly.
Sugast may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
The liquid form of Sugast should never be injected through a needle into the body, or death may occur.
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 Sugast 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.
Sugast is only minimally absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. The small amounts of the sulfated disaccharide that are absorbed are excreted primarily in the urine. Although the mechanism of Sugast's ability to accelerate healing of duodenal ulcers remains to be fully defined, it is known that it exerts its effect through a local, rather than systemic, action. The following observations also appear pertinent:
- Studies in human subjects and with animal models of ulcer disease have shown that Sugast forms an ulcer-adherent complex with proteinaceous exudate at the ulcer site.
- In vitro, a Sugast-albumin film provides a barrier to diffusion of hydrogen ions.
- In human subjects, Sugast given in doses recommended for ulcer therapy inhibits pepsin activity in gastric juice by 32%.
In vitro, Sugast adsorbs bile salts.
These observations suggest that Sugast's antiulcer activity is the result of formation of an ulcer-adherent complex that covers the ulcer site and protects it against further attack by acid, pepsin, and bile salts. There are approximately 14 to 16 mEq of acid-neutralizing capacity per 1 g dose of Sugast.
How should I take Sugast (Carafate)?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Take Sugast 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. Sugast 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 Sugast. Sugast 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.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor may order certain lab tests to check your response to Sugast.
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
Where can I get more information:
Your pharmacist has additional information about Sugast written for health professionals that you may read.
Call your veterinarian for medical advice about any side effects to your pet. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.