What is Sulcralfate?
Sucralfate is an anti-ulcer medication used in the treatment of ulcers of the esophagus, stomach, or small intestine.
Who is it for?
Sucralfate is for multiple species including dogs, cats, and horses.
What are the benefits?
||Coats ulcers in the digestive system and protects them from further damage from stomach acid
||May prevent ulcers in animals taking aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
How does Sulcralfate work?
Sucralfate reacts with acids and proteins to form a barrier to protect the ulcer from further damage.
Is there a generic equivalent available?
Sucralfate is the generic equivalent to Carafate.
How is it given?
Sucralfate is given orally. For dogs and cats, give Sucralfate on an empty stomach (1 hour before or 2 hours after feeding or giving other medications). Unless directed otherwise, if giving tablets, it is best to crush them and mix with water so the medication is better absorbed.
Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian.
This medication should only be given to the pet for whom it was prescribed.
What results can I expect?
Sucralfate coats ulcers in the digestive system and protects them from further damage from stomach acid and bile. If doses are missed or the entire treatment regimen is not completed, symptoms could recur or worsen. Consult your veterinarian if the animal's condition does not improve or worsens after beginning treatment with Sucralfate.
What form(s) does it come in?
Common Drug Name
What should I discuss with my veterinarian while considering Sulcralfate?
Talk to your veterinarian about what type of outcome is expected. Have your veterinarian explain the other treatment options that may be available to treat your pet's condition.
Tell your veterinarian if your pet has constipation or slow movement of food through the digestive system (e.g. megacolon) or if your pet may be pregnant or is nursing, or if you intend to breed your pet.
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications or supplements your pet is taking. Also if your pet has had any reactions to previous medications.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to the regular schedule. Do not give two doses at once.
What is the most important information I should know?
Follow your veterinarian's directions and give the full course of Sucralfate as prescribed. Consult your veterinarian if the animal's condition does not improve or worsens after beginning treatment with Sucralfate.
Who should not take it?
Not for use in animals hypersensitive (allergic) to Sucralfate.
What side effects may be seen when taking Sulcralfate?
This medication may cause constipation. If your pet experiences an allergic reaction to the medication, signs may include facial swelling, hives, scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums, cold limbs, or coma.
Consult your veterinarian if you notice these or any other side effects.
How is it stored?
Store at room temperature in a tight, light-resistant, childproof container.
What should I do if I know of or suspect there has been an overdose?
If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose, contact your veterinarian immediately.
What should I avoid when giving my pet Sulcralfate?
Sucralfate can affect the absorption of many other medications, vitamins and supplements. Do not give any of these within 2 hours of giving Sucralfate.
Where is more information available?
Ask your veterinarian, consult with one of our pharmacists at 1-800-447-3021, or see the
Patient Information Sheet for Dogs & Cats or the Patient Information Sheet for horses on this medication.