Carafate Suspension vs. Cytotec

Are Carafate and Cytotec the Same Thing?

Carafate suspension (sucralfate) and Cytotec (misoprostol) are used to treat ulcers.

Carafate suspension is used to treat duodenal ulcers.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Carafate?

Common side effects of Carafate include:

  • constipation,
  • diarrhea,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • upset stomach,
  • stomach pain,
  • indigestion,
  • gas,
  • dry mouth,
  • itching or skin rash,
  • sleep problems (insomnia),
  • dizziness,
  • drowsiness,
  • spinning sensation,
  • headache,
  • back pain,
  • or, hypersensitivity reactions (shortness of breath, lip swelling, and hives).

What Are Possible Side Effects of Cytotec?

Common side effects of Cytotec include:

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What Is Carafate?

Carafate (sucralfate) is an anti-ulcer medication used to treat duodenal ulcers. Carafate is available in generic form.

How Should Cytotec Be Taken?

The recommended adult oral dose of Cytotec for reducing the risk of NSAID-induced gastric ulcers is 200 mcg four times daily with food

What Is Cytotec?

Cytotec (misoprostol) is a synthetic (man-made) prostaglandin used to prevent the formation of ulcers in the stomach during treatment with aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs and aspirin are used to treat pain, fever, arthritis, and inflammatory conditions. Cytotec is available in generic form.

What Drugs Interact With Carafate?

Drug interactions of Carafate may include reactions with other drugs taken at the same time, preventing their full absorption. It is best to take other drugs 2 hours before or after sucralfate to avoid drug interactions. Tell your doctor if you are taking cimetidine, digoxin, levothyroxine, phenytoin, quinidine, ranitidine, tetracycline, theophylline, blood thinners, certain antibiotics, and all medications and supplements you use. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment with Carafate. Carafate is not expected to be harmful to a fetus. It is unknown if Carafate passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

What Drugs Interact With Cytotec?

Cytotec may interact with antacids that contain magnesium. Other drugs may also interact with Cytotec. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you use. Cytotec must not be used during pregnancy to prevent stomach ulcers because of possible harm to a fetus. Use birth control while taking Cytotec and for at least one month or one completed menstrual cycle after you stop taking it. This medication passes into breast milk. This drug is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding. <

How Should Carafate Be Taken?

Carafate is administered orally in the form of tablets. Lower than usual dosages are recommended for elderly patients and adolescents.

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References
FDA. Carafate Product Information.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2013/018333s034,019183s016lbl.pdf

Pfizer. Cytotec Product Information

https://www.pfizermedicalinformation.com/en-us/cytotec/fda-label

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