Sucralfate is a medication used to treat gastrointestinal ulcers, particularly those in the stomach and duodenum. It works by forming a protective barrier over the ulcer, which helps to prevent further damage and promotes healing.
Sucralfate is typically taken orally in tablet or suspension form, and the usual recommended dose is 1 gram (1000 milligrams) four times daily, on an empty stomach (at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals). The medication should be taken as directed by your healthcare provider and it is important to not skip doses or stop taking the medication before the prescribed duration of treatment, even if symptoms improve.
Sucralfate is generally well-tolerated, but some common side effects may include constipation, dry mouth, upset stomach, and flatulence. It is important to let your healthcare provider know if you experience any severe or persistent side effects while taking sucralfate. Additionally, it is important to inform your healthcare provider of any other medications, supplements, or medical conditions you have before starting sucralfate treatment, as it may interact with certain medications or exacerbate certain conditions.