Sucralfate is considered a band-aid for the intestinal tract. It is prescribed to help when your pet suffers from gastrointestinal (GI) ulcers. What is Sucralfate?
This is an oral tablet that is used to treat ulcers of the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine. What are the benefits of Sucralfate?
- Can be given orally.
- Provides a coating over ulcers in the GI tract which helps prevents future damage.
- Can be used as to prevent gastrointestinal ulcers in animals being given aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories).
multiple species (ex.dogs, cats, and horses). How is this medication given?
Always follow your veterinarians specific instructions. Sucralfate is given by mouth on an empty stomach 1-2 hours prior to food or other medications. Crushing tablets and mixing them with water to make a slurry is the best way to give Sucralfate unless your veterinarian instructs you differently.
Always contact your veterinarian if you have any questions about how to use Sucralfate properly. How does this medication work?
Sucralfate interacts with stomach acids and proteins in order to create a barrier that protects ulcers from further damage. What results can I expect?
Sucralfate should create a coating to protect ulcers in the digestive system in order to prevent further damage from stomach acid and bile. Try not to skip or miss doses as this could result in recurrence or worsening of ulcers. Always call your veterinarian if your pets symptoms are not improving or worsening while be given Sucralfate. What form(s) does Sucralfate come in?
Tablets. Generic Name:
Sucralfate(Common Drug Name)Common Brand Name:
Carafate Dose and Administration:
Use as directed by your veterinarian by mouth on empty stomach about 1-2 hours before feeding or administering other medications. Crush tablets, mix them with water, and administer by mouth as liquid slurry unless otherwise directed. If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember but never give two doses at once. Never share this medication with other pets in the household unless you are instructed otherwise. Call your veterinarian if you are unsure of how to use Sucralfate properly. Uses:
Sucralfate is used to treat ulcers of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and to prevent further damage. Possible Side Effects:
The most commonly reported side effect is constipation although other side effects are possible.
Some pets can be truly allergic to the medication which could result in a mild to severe reaction. Contact your veterinarian right away if your pet seems ill while taking Sucralfate. Drug and Food Interactions:
Sucralfate can prevent the absorption of a number of medications and supplements so do not give Sucralfate within 1-2 hours of giving the others. Always tell your veterinarian about all other medications and supplements your pet is taking before you start giving Sucralfate to your pet. Precautions:
Do not give Sucralfate to animals who are allergic to it. Discuss the benefits and risks of this medication with your veterinarian if your pet suffers from constipation or if your pet is pregnant, nursing, or being used for breeding. Storage:
Store at room temperature out of reach from children and pets. A prescription from your veterinarian is required to purchase Sucralfate.