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- Aluminum Sucrose Sulfate, Basic
Excipient information presented when available (limited, particularly for generics); consult specific product labeling.
Carafate: 1 g/10 mL (420 mL) [contains fd&c red #40, methylparaben; cherry flavor]
Carafate: 1 g [scored; contains fd&c blue #1 aluminum lake]
Generic: 1 g
Brand Names: U.S.
- Gastrointestinal Agent, Miscellaneous
Forms a complex by binding with positively charged proteins in exudates, forming a viscous paste-like, adhesive substance. This selectively forms a protective coating that acts locally to protect the gastric lining against peptic acid, pepsin, and bile salts.
Acts locally at ulcer sites; unbound in the GI tract to aluminum and sucrose octasulfate.
Urine (small amounts as unchanged compounds)
Onset of Action
Paste formation and ulcer adhesion: 1-2 hours
Duration of Action
Up to 6 hours
Use: Labeled Indications
Short-term (≤8 weeks) management of duodenal ulcers; maintenance therapy for duodenal ulcers
Hypersensitivity to sucralfate or any component of the formulation
Children (off-label use): Doses of 40-80 mg/kg/day divided every 6 hours have been used
Adults: Duodenal ulcer:
Treatment: 1 g 4 times daily on an empty stomach for 4-8 weeks
Maintenance: Prophylaxis: 1 g twice daily
Dosage adjustment in renal impairment: No dosage adjustment provided in manufacturer's labeling. Aluminum salt is minimally absorbed; however, may accumulate in renal impairment; use with caution in patients with chronic renal failure.
Dosage adjustment in hepatic impairment: No dosage adjustment provided in manufacturer's labeling.
Note: Commercial oral suspension is available (100 mg/mL).
A 66.67 mg/mL oral suspension may be made with tablets. Add eight 1 g tablets to a 120 mL glass bottle. Add 40 mL of SWFI and allow tablets to dissolve (~2 minutes). Add 40 mL of sorbitol 70% solution and shake well. In a separate container, dissolve 2 flavor packets (Vari-Flavors; Ross Laboratories) with 10 mL of water, and swirl until dissolved then add to drug mixture. Add SWFI to make 120 mL. Label "shake well" and "refrigerate". Use within 2 weeks.Ferraro JM. Sucralfate suspension for mouth ulcers. Drug Intell Clin Pharm. 1985;19(6):480.3839180
Administer with water on an empty stomach. To reduce the potential of adversely affecting the absorption of other drugs, administer other drugs 2 hours prior to sucralfate.
Take with water on an empty stomach.
Suspension: Shake well. Store at 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F); do not freeze.
Antifungal Agents (Azole Derivatives, Systemic): Sucralfate may decrease the absorption of Antifungal Agents (Azole Derivatives, Systemic). Exceptions: Fluconazole; Isavuconazonium Sulfate. Monitor therapy
Cholic Acid: Sucralfate may decrease the absorption of Cholic Acid. Consider therapy modification
Digoxin: Sucralfate may decrease the serum concentration of Digoxin. Specifically, sucralfate may decrease the absorption of digoxin. Management: Administer digoxin at least 2 hours before or at least 6 hours after sucralfate. Consider therapy modification
Dolutegravir: Sucralfate may decrease the serum concentration of Dolutegravir. Management: Administer dolutegravir at least 2 hours before or 6 hours after sucralfate. Consider therapy modification
Eltrombopag: Sucralfate may decrease the serum concentration of Eltrombopag. Management: Administer eltrombopag at least 2 hours before or 4 hours after oral administration of sucralfate. Consider therapy modification
Furosemide: Sucralfate may decrease the serum concentration of Furosemide. Sucralfate may impair the absorption of furosemide. Management: Avoid concomitant oral administration of furosemide and sucralfate. Separate administration by at least 2 hours. Does not apply to parenterally administered furosemide. Consider therapy modification
Levothyroxine: Sucralfate may decrease the serum concentration of Levothyroxine. Monitor therapy
Multivitamins/Fluoride (with ADE): May increase the serum concentration of Sucralfate. Specifically, the absorption of aluminum may be increased. Sucralfate may decrease the serum concentration of Multivitamins/Fluoride (with ADE). More specifically, sucralfate may impair the absorption of fluoride. Management: Avoid administration of aluminum-containing products, such as sucralfate, within at least 1-2 hours of fluoride administration. In patients with severe renal dysfunction, consider avoiding this combination altogether. Consider therapy modification
Multivitamins/Minerals (with ADEK, Folate, Iron): May increase the serum concentration of Sucralfate. Specifically, the absorption of aluminum from sucralfate may be increased, leading to an increase in the serum aluminum concentration. Avoid combination
Phosphate Supplements: Sucralfate may decrease the absorption of Phosphate Supplements. Management: This applies only to oral phosphate administration. Administering oral phosphate supplements at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after administration of sucralfate may reduce the significance of the interaction. Exceptions: Sodium Glycerophosphate Pentahydrate. Consider therapy modification
QuiNIDine: Sucralfate may decrease the serum concentration of QuiNIDine. Specifically, sucralfate may decrease the absorption of quinidine. Management: Administer quinidine at least 2 hours before or at least 6 hours after sucralfate. Consider therapy modification
Quinolone Antibiotics: Sucralfate may decrease the serum concentration of Quinolone Antibiotics. Management: Administer oral quinolones at least 2 hours before or 6 hours after the sucralfate dose. Greater separation of doses may further lessen the risk for a significant interaction. Consider therapy modification
Sulpiride: Sucralfate may decrease the serum concentration of Sulpiride. Management: Separate administration of sucralfate and sulpiride by at least 2 hours in order to minimize the impact of sucralfate on sulpiride absorption. Consider therapy modification
Tetracycline Derivatives: Sucralfate may decrease the absorption of Tetracycline Derivatives. Management: Administer the tetracycline derivative at least 2 hours prior to sucralfate in order to minimize the impact of this interaction. Consider therapy modification
Vitamin D Analogs: May increase the serum concentration of Sucralfate. Specifically, the absorption of aluminum from sucralfate may be increased, leading to an increase in the serum aluminum concentration. Avoid combination
Vitamin K Antagonists (eg, warfarin): Sucralfate may diminish the anticoagulant effect of Vitamin K Antagonists. Sucralfate may decrease the serum concentration of Vitamin K Antagonists. Specifically, sucralfate may decrease the absorption of Vitamin K Antagonists. Management: Administer vitamin K antagonists at least 2 hours before or at least 6 hours after sucralfate. Consider therapy modification
1% to 10%: Gastrointestinal: Constipation (2%)
<1% (Limited to important or life-threatening): Anaphylaxis, bezoar formation; hypersensitivity (urticaria, angioedema, facial swelling, laryngospasm, respiratory difficulty, rhinitis)
• Duodenal ulceration: Because sucralfate acts locally at the ulcer, successful therapy with sucralfate should not be expected to alter the posthealing frequency of recurrence or the severity of duodenal ulceration.
• Renal impairment: Use with caution in patients with chronic renal failure; sucralfate is an aluminum complex, small amounts of aluminum are absorbed following oral administration. Excretion of aluminum may be decreased in patients with chronic renal failure.
Concurrent drug therapy issues:
• Drug-drug interactions: Potentially significant interactions may exist, requiring dose or frequency adjustment, additional monitoring, and/or selection of alternative therapy. Consult drug interactions database for more detailed information.
Dosage form specific issues:
• Tablets: Use with caution in patients with conditions that may impair swallowing (eg, tracheostomy, dysphagia or other swallowing disorders) or in patients with altered gag/cough reflex; aspiration has been reported.
Pregnancy Risk Factor
Adverse events were not observed in animal reproduction studies. Sucralfate is only minimally absorbed following oral administration. Based on available data, use of sucralfate does not appear to increase the risk of adverse fetal events when used during the first trimester (Mahadevan, 2006).
• Discuss specific use of drug and side effects with patient as it relates to treatment. (HCAHPS: During this hospital stay, were you given any medicine that you had not taken before? Before giving you any new medicine, how often did hospital staff tell you what the medicine was for? How often did hospital staff describe possible side effects in a way you could understand?)
• Patient may experience constipation. Have patient report immediately to prescriber signs of hyperglycemia, ecchymosis, or hemorrhaging (HCAHPS).
• Educate patient about signs of a significant reaction (eg, wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat). Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Patient should consult prescriber for additional questions.
Intended Use and Disclaimer: Should not be printed and given to patients. This information is intended to serve as a concise initial reference for healthcare professionals to use when discussing medications with a patient. You must ultimately rely on your own discretion, experience and judgment in diagnosing, treating and advising patients.
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