Carafate is prescribed for the short term treatment of stomach ulcers. In some cases, it may also be prescribed for the treatment of mouth ulcers.
How to use the carafate
The ideal way to use the carafate is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
If you have been prescribed antacids then avoid taking it for at least 2 hours after taking carafate.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking carafate to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store carafate between 59 to 77 degrees F (15 and 25 Degrees), at room temperature. Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Consult your doctor before using carafate if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drug.
Do not use carafate if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure).
You must avoid taking alcoholic beverages while using carafate as it can increase the chances of becoming drowsy, faint or dizzy. Potentially hazardous tasks like driving, handling heavy machinery should also be avoided.
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using carafate as carafate may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether carafate is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
Carafate can interact with certain medicines. So, you must inform your doctor if you are taking any drugs that contain aluminum. Check the medicine label if unsure.