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Sucralfate User Reviews & Ratings

Brand names: Carafate

Sucralfate has an average rating of 6.3 out of 10 from a total of 227 reviews on Drugs.com. 49% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 25% reported a negative experience.

Reviews for Sucralfate

  • Bee
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • February 5, 2021

For GERD "I just started sucralfate 2 days ago, and the first day I took it, it really worked for me. I didn’t have any burning in my stomach. But the next night, I started getting the burning again. I’m still belching, and it's so tiring, non-stop. I’ve changed my eating habits and only drink water. All of this sucks because I have to use sucralfate for a week. The doctor says to see if it will work, but I can't deal with burning and belching at the same time. I’ve been on so many meds going down the line to see what works for me, and so far none. I really do feel for anyone who deals with this; it sucks! The GERD has been going on for 7 months. Is anyone else belching also?"

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  • Shari...
  • January 26, 2016

For GERD "I'm new to this drug so I am unable to rate it. However, I think the doctor or pharmacist should put a warning on the label that if you have trouble swallowing, you should dissolve the tablet in water first. Watch the tablet; it actually swells before dissolving, and this happens in your mouth and throat if you swallow the tablet whole. I really feel this pill is a choking hazard, and how many people with GERD also have trouble swallowing? Why would a company make a product that is difficult to swallow for people with swallowing issues? I don't get it! It's the size of a horse pill which increases in size inside the mouth and throat. Not cool to not place a warning on the label."

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  • Cano
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • January 4, 2020

Carafate (sucralfate) for GERD "This medicine has given me the blues. I'm sleepy, dizzy, my vertigo is slightly active, I'm having heart palpitations in my sleep and anxiety throughout the day. I already suffered from anxiety but the fact that the meds cause you to have insomnia, that's not good for me. Needless to say, I'm not taking any more pills because every time I do, I feel terrible. I just want this out of my system!"

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  • Shells
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • February 14, 2020

Carafate (sucralfate) for GERD "Three years ago I had my gallbladder removed. That was the start of daily stomach aches, nausea (Bile reflux gastritis). I have a really good gastroenterologist who put me on several meds until we finally settled with sucralfate. I've been on it for 10 months and love it. Yes, there are still some aches but nothing like before. I give it a 10!"

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  • telli...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • April 2, 2015

Carafate (sucralfate) for GERD "GERD, Esophagitis, and a Hiatal Hernia. Take both Cimetidine and Prilosec daily and was still having heartburn. The emergency room gave me Carafate and it's wonderful. Not only does it stop heartburn in its tracks, but it also prevents future bouts of heartburn. There are some rules on taking this medication, and those rules can be a bit of a pain if you are not used to them. You cannot take this medication within a half hour of taking any antacids. You also need to take it one hour before or two hours after eating. Swallowing the Carafate pill can be a little bit intimidating as when you swallow it, you get a choking sensation. Make sure to take it with plenty of ice water. Try to numb your throat with cold water prior to taking."

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  • Smoky...
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • October 10, 2013

Carafate (sucralfate) for GERD "I had terrible stomach/esophageal and mid-back pain. After an endoscopic procedure, I was found to have GERD, Barrett's esophagus, and a small hiatal hernia. The Carafate & Dexilant worked well to calm down the esophagitis pain/spasms/inflammation. The Barrett's esophagus was detected using pathology, and even though it was a very mild case, it is a serious disease, and I will need an EGD performed yearly. The Dexilant has worked wonders also. The two medicines are working well together. I have not had any side effects from the Carafate. I take 1/2 to 1 tablet, as needed, up to 4 times/day. I chew it up and swallow with a small sip of water or you can dissolve it in water and drink it. Coats the stomach quicker. I have used it for 6 months."

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  • yayteam
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • May 9, 2023

Carafate (sucralfate) for Stomach Ulcer "This caused extreme anxiety and depression. I had my mental health issues completely controlled over the past several years until I took this medication. I was confused as to how a stomach acid medication would cause me to spiral into that deep dark place that I crawled out of years ago. The insomnia, shaking (more like a mild whole body tingle or vibration) the suicide idealization. Please, if you have any issues with depression or anxiety past or present, let your doctor know before taking this medication. It does not affect everyone the same."

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  • Nina
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • December 2, 2019

Carafate (sucralfate) for GERD "I have taken Carafate, as well as many of my family members. No one has ever had any side effects or bad reactions, even my pregnant sister with severe GERD. I saw on here some people have dizziness and back pain with Carafate. For anyone thinking they might need to take this for their problems, give it a try because everyone reacts differently, and it may help."

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  • Anonymous
  • June 6, 2018

Carafate (sucralfate) for GERD "I am only 18 years old. Unfortunately, I had to get my gallbladder out in January of 2018. I had to put school on pause because after surgery, the nausea got even worse. I’ve been living off of Zofran and Promethazine for 5 months now, every day, sometimes twice a day. I have a huge fear of vomiting and will avoid it at all costs. I was finally referred to a GI doc and proceeded with an endoscopy. I was told it is very likely I have bile salt gastritis, a complication from gallbladder removal. I was told to start CARAFATE and have had the WORST experience. Not only does it make you feel absolutely full, but it had reverse effects on me. It was supposed to bind with the bile found in my stomach and relieve me, but it’s actually making me feel sick. I feel nauseous, I am vomiting, and feel extremely weak while taking this medicine. As an 18-year-old who is paying her own medical bills and working hard, I’m EXTREMELY frustrated and feeling hopeless, and don’t know where to go from here."

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  • Lano
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • April 10, 2020

For GERD "I was just prescribed sucralfate yesterday and I can tell you that after the FIRST TWO PILLS I FELT RELIEF!! I’ve been suffering going back n forth between docs and ER over the past almost five years with SEVERE CHEST PAINS carrying a heavy heavy heavy weight in my chest. I believe it’s working but the downfall for me is that it offsets my vertigo AND EVEN WORSE FOR ME IS THAT ITS TRIGGERING MY ANXIETY!!"

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  • Miracle...
  • September 20, 2015

Carafate (sucralfate) for GERD "I had a serious problem with GERD. Chest pain, jaw pain, abdominal pain, and back pain caused from GERD make me feel like I am dying, literally. I've been in the ER well over 4 times for this alone. I've been prescribed everything you can think of. I tried anything I could try to help this problem to no avail. The ONLY thing that helps with the chest pain is milk, but it doesn't stop it completely. It doesn't even touch the abdominal pain at all, though, and it's so excruciating that it is debilitating. I'm 8 months pregnant now and I went into labor and delivery with the worst abdominal pain I've ever felt in my life, prescribed Carafate and works in 20 mins. Miracle drug for me."

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  • Melca...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • November 19, 2016

For GERD "Had gastritis for 4 months. Tried natural supplements: DGL licorice, slippery elm, alkaline diet, Irish Sea Moss, and 15 mg Prevacid. All worked, but I went cold turkey on Prevacid when I changed over to Irish Moss and had bad stomach pain. Finally went to the doctor after I read about sucralfate. It worked immediately after the first two pills. I take 4 per day, and I'm on day 5. I can now eat my full alkaline meal and tried salmon and nut butters for protein with very little gas or acid resulting. This drug is a miracle. No more pain after eating. Dizziness only side effect. Stats say it takes about 8 weeks to heal the stomach lining. Natural remedies are good but take a very long time to work. Sucralfate works on pain immediately. It's a Godsend."

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  • Life...
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • March 19, 2015

For GERD "In January 2014, I was diagnosed (after having an endoscopy and colonoscopy) with Acid Reflux and severe IBS. They put me on the usual PPI inhibitors and acid reducers. Two months later, I was in the ER with severe gastritis. The doctor ultimately concluded that some of the erosive spots in my stomach had turned into a stress ulcer (I'm a PhD student). He prescribed sucralfate. I cannot express enough gratitude in being prescribed this. After taking it for about three months, I was almost GERD, Ulcer, IBS free. So, I stopped taking it. For about 8 months I was fine, but some of my symptoms have started to reappear. Again, as soon as I took the sucralfate, I had almost immediate relief! If nothing works, take sucralfate."

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  • Willa
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • March 17, 2020

For GERD "I was prescribed Sucralfate for GERD a couple of weeks ago. I have been careful to take it exactly as instructed. At first, it was fine, but with each successive day, I started to feel more and more nausea, stomach and back pain in the evenings. The stomach pain feels like fullness and trapped gas that you can't get out. Last night it was so bad it kept me up most of the night. I called the doctor this morning and she advised stopping the Sucralfate to see if it's the issue. From what I've read troublesome side effects with Sucralfate are rare, but when they do happen, it's the same kind of stomach pain and back pain that I've had, so maybe I just don't tolerate this drug well."

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  • Caraf...
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • March 13, 2016

For GERD "I have had acid reflux for over 5 years and was on regular PPI medicine. Doctor prescribed Carafate solution for relief from a flare-up. It is the best medicine. I have weaned off myself from PPI slowly and still using Carafate once a day at nighttime. Doctor has prescribed it 4 times a day but for me nighttime works best. It is a bit expensive but my 1 bottle lasts for a couple of months. PPI has lots of side effects but Carafate is pretty safe. Ask your doctor, you won't regret it."

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  • PDano
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • January 25, 2020

For GERD "I have used this drug for flare ups of GERD for 20 yrs which may occur as far apart as a year or more. For one thing, it is safe unlike other prescribed meds for this condition. I have never had any side effects and after a week or 10 days of usage along with watching my diet carefully, I am completely back to normal. As a rule, I am careful about my diet anyway, and the GERD only occurs when I have had a period of abuse—mainly eating too much of any kind of high fat or greasy food (like during holidays) Carafate is also effective if it is taken before or after a meal that you think may affect you negatively."

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  • Raphael
  • December 18, 2020

Carafate (sucralfate) for Stomach Ulcer "Absolutely awful! Even the liquid form if this was garbage. Never took the burn away from my gastritis and like a user said below, it made me feel very very full. I would drink water and would feel absolutely ridiculously full. Seriously thought I had some other condition. It also made me feel very lightheaded and short of breath. Felt as if my blood pressure dropped. Avoid"

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  • NicaU...
  • July 25, 2020

For GERD "Always dissolve these sucralfate pills in a little cup of water before you take it. Took Sucralfate 1GM, twice a day for 2 months and this is the first pill I have ever taken for GERD and gastritis that actually works! I no longer have DAILY burning in my chest, stomach, back and mouth. I still have GERD, gastritis and hiatal hernia symptoms, but not as bad as it was. For months my stomach and chest burned, no matter what I ate or didn't eat, and no matter what time of day it was! It was so bad I even went to the E.R., convinced I was having a heart attack... It was hell! I tried Famotidine and it didn't relieve or help my GERD, and Omeprazole gave me a bunch of nasty, side-effects, including some of the worst stomach cramps and diarrhea I've ever had! This pill did give me pain in my legs and arms and even stomach aches on occasion, but it actually works, so the good outweighed the bad. Highly recommend it!"

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  • Ozzys...
  • December 30, 2016

Carafate (sucralfate) for Stomach Ulcer "For roughly a month, I had horrible stomach pain. I have an umbilical hernia and thought it might be a side effect of that, but after laying in bed for the better part of 2 weeks with pain I wouldn't wish on anyone, my husband demanded I go to the ER. After reviewing my CT scan, my family doctor thinks it's an ulcer, although I have not had the camera run down there yet to find out for sure. The ER gave me a Carafe script, and I would say within a couple of days, I was a new person. This drug, along with Pantoprazole, has all but eliminated my pain, heartburn, and reflux!"

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  • Puny
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • December 21, 2020

For GERD "Severe Gerd with acid burning esophagus and near vocal chords. Omprozole stopped working. Near zero acid diet and pantoprozole also not sufficient. Dr said sucralfate would not work right away, however day 1 showed a significant positive effect. I have been sleeping well and my esophagus is healing for 4 nights now. I even slipped with a holiday treat mid day yesterday, which clearly was a mistake. Lots of antacids, alkaline water, and a very conservative dinner, plus the Sucralafate at bedtime was enough! For me, granted only at day 4, this drug is fantastic. I wish all others battling GERD to the point of seeking reviews like this well. Today I feel there is hope. We will see how it performs over time, as Omprozole was working for 9 months..."

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  • Gearth
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • December 18, 2012

For GERD "This medication is a must-have for all with severe GERD. I have had major problems with GERD for the past 20 years. After having my gallbladder removed, proton pump inhibitors stopped working; this is very common after gallbladder surgery as the bile is now in the stomach instead of being stored in the gallbladder. Sucralfate 3 times a day is working wonders. If it's helping me, it should help most anyone."

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  • Ame
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • January 6, 2021

Carafate (sucralfate) for GERD "I had extreme pain from the back right side under my rib cage for 2days that then started making its way to the front. I finally went to the hospital. I've had pancreatitis several times! It was feeling the same. They sent me home with this medication and I feel fine 2 days later. No bad side effects."

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  • Gertie
  • February 3, 2021

Carafate (sucralfate) for GERD "I was put on the brand name of Carafate liquid for mainly GERD. This drug works better than the Prevacid I was taking 2 times a day. I only take the Prevacid once a day now because the Carafate works so good for me. It can be hard to schedule because I have to take both a Iron and Vitamin D. But I finally found the best time to fit those in. My question is....starting this month my Insurance company will no longer pay for the brand name. I tried the generic liquid about a year ago and it had a banana taste to it. All my life I have been unable to even smell bananas without getting nauseated or when I was a kid just the smell and taste made me throw up. The pharmacy tried adding flavors to it...it just tastes like grapes and bananas lol But this year Carafate is not even on the prior approval list. There is no way I can pay for this without insurance. I don't know what to do....has anyone ever switched from the liquid to the pill form and had the same results as the brand name liquid?"

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  • B040289
  • February 9, 2015

Carafate (sucralfate) for GERD "I can almost eat/drink normally now that I'm on Carafate Suspension 4x per day. I only have a flare-up 1-2x per month now, mainly when I've been eating poorly or have come into contact with bacteria, etc. I take it in conjunction with Nexium & Librax because I have acid reflux, bile reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, and GERD."

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  • Selinus
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • January 10, 2020

For GERD "I was prescribed this as sort of a band aid while waiting to see if I had an ulcer. Went through a lot of medications and ended up being prescribed this one. Before my heartburn would be bad enough to always cause nausea and sometimes vomiting. This made it worse. The first night I took it, it did work, but my stomach felt very full and bloated. The next night was the same, but that morning I vomited it all up painfully. I stopped taking it that day. I want to say too, none of the three doctors I spoke to believed me and denied this was a side effect. Be aware this might happen. 0/10 would not do again."

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