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Sucralfate, an Ulcer Protectant

Uses

Ulcers of the stomach and intestine can be treated and prevented using this medication.

IUPAC Name: Hexadeca-μ-hydroxy tetracosa hydroxy [μ8- [1,3,4,6-tetra-O-sulfo-β-D fructo furanosyl-α-D-glucopyranoside tetrakis (hydrogen sulfato)8-)]] hexade caaluminum

Drug Class: Ulcer Protectant

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Route of administration: Oral

It is recommended that sucralfate can be taken on an empty stomach.

This is a prescribed drug, not an OTC drug

Drug Action Mechanism 

This medication coats ulcers to shield them from the damage of stomach acid or other sources. Ulcers heal faster as a result.

Precautions

It is advisable to consult a doctor or physician before using this medication. 

  • If the person is allergic to the drug or other medications or has any other allergies, 
  • If the person is taking any prescribed, non-prescribed or herbal medications,
  • If the person is suffering from blockage in the stomach or intestines, bowel obstruction, hepatic illness (liver disease), kidney disease, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, the 
  • If patient has undergone any type of surgery i.e., eye or dental surgery, 
  • Limit the usage of alcohol since it increases the chances of developing blurred vision, dizziness or drowsiness. It may also cause a loss of alertness.
  • The adverse effects of this medication may affect elderly people more severely.
  • Consult a doctor if the person is pregnant or breastfeeding.

    Adverse effects

Sucralfate side effects include constipation, nausea and gas.

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