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Drug Name: Sucralfate
Brand Name(s): Carafate
Drug Class: Aluminum complexes
Treats: ulcers

Sucralfate is a medication whose brand name is Carafate. Sucralfate is a drug that should for used for short-term treatments that should not exceed 8 weeks. Sucralfate is used to treat certain type of ulcers and prevents the development of more ulcers. Sucralfate belongs to a group of drugs that are known as aluminum complexes.

Sucralfate is indicated for short-term treatment and control of duodenal ulcers. Sucralfate is also used in patients who have had certain intestinal ulcers to prevent the development of more ulcers.

Sucralfate can be used to prevent ulcers brought about by the use of aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory drugs such as naproxen.

Sucralfate, together with other medicines such as antibiotics, can be used to prevent the reoccurrence of ulcers caused by H. pylori bacteria.

Sucralfate is in a class of medications known as protectants. It works by forming a coat over ulcers, thereby protecting the area from further damage. Sucralfate should not be used for more than 8 weeks.