It has been demonstrated that carafate works well to treat ulcers and stop them from coming back.Heartburn and esophagitis are two additional gastrointestinal conditions that can occasionally be treated with carafate.
Carafate is typically well tolerated, but it can cause nausea, diarrhea, headaches, and constipation as side effects.
There are tablet and suspension forms of carafate available.Adults typically take 1-2 grams of the medication four times per day, 30 minutes before meals and at bedtime.There are tablet and suspension forms of carafate available.Adults typically take 1-2 grams of the medication four times per day, 30 minutes before meals and at bedtime.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist about all of the medications you are taking, including over-the-counter medicines, as carafate may interact with other drugs.
Mechanism of Action
Carafate functions by creating a barrier over the ulcer, preventing further harm and promoting healing.Carafate is thought to function by attaching to the mucus that forms the barrier of protection in the gastrointestinal tract.
Carafate has a 50% bioavailability and is quickly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract.Carafate is excreted unchanged in the urine because it is not metabolized.Carafate has a half-life of 3-6 hours.