For the treatment of duodenal ulcers in adults, the recommended sucralfate dosage is 1 gram four times daily. If you are using this medication to prevent ulcers from recurring, the recommended amount is 1 gram twice daily. Although it is not included in the prescribing information, healthcare providers often recommend that people make a "slurry" when using the tablets.
An Introduction to Dosing With SucralfateThe dose of sucralfate (Carafate®) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The form of the medication (tablet or suspension)
- Whether you are treating or preventing ulcers
- The medical condition being treated
- Any other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your sucralfate dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Recommended Dosage for Duodenal UlcersFor treating duodenal ulcers (ulcers of the upper small intestine) in adults, the usual sucralfate dosage is 1 gram four times a day on an empty stomach. For the tablets, this is one tablet four times a day. For the oral suspension (liquid), this dosage is 10 mL (two teaspoonsful) four times a day. Usually, it is recommended to take the medication before meals and at bedtime, as the stomach is usually somewhat empty at these times.
Sucralfate tablets (but not suspension) are also approved for maintenance treatment of duodenal ulcers (to prevent the return of ulcers after healing has occurred). For this use, the dose is 1 gram (one tablet) twice daily on an empty stomach.
Healthcare providers often recommend that people make a "slurry" using the tablets, although this method of administration is not mentioned in the prescribing information for sucralfate. Typically, the slurry is made by mixing a tablet in a small amount of water before taking it.