Sucralfate is used to treat intestinal ulcers, and it is a type of drug known as a polysaccharide antipeptic.
Common brand names:Carafate
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Slight increases in blood calcium levels may occur in people taking sucralfate, which could be aggravated by calcium supplementation.1 Therefore, people taking calcium supplements and sucralfate should have their blood calcium levels monitored by their healthcare practitioner and may need to avoid calcium supplementation.
People taking sucralfate may develop lower than normal blood levels of phosphorus.2 A 42-year-old woman who took sucralfate for two weeks experienced bone pain that was caused by low phosphorus levels. The bone pain disappeared after she stopped taking the drug and began supplementing with phosphorus.3 Individuals taking sucralfate should have their blood phosphorus levels monitored regularly by their healthcare practitioner and may need to take supplemental phosphorus.
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1. Vucelic B, Hadzic N, Gragas J, Puretic Z. Changes in serum phosphorus, calcium, and alkaline phosphatase due to sucralfate. Int J Clin Pharmacol Ther Toxicol 1986;24:93-6.
2. Vucelic B, Hadzic N, Gragas J, Puretic Z. Changes in serum phosphorus, calcium, and alkaline phosphatase due to sucralfate. Int J Clin Pharmacol Ther Toxicol 1986;24:93-6.
3. Chines A, Pacifici R. Antacid and sucralfate-induced hypophosphatemic osteomalacia: a case report and review of the literature. Calcif Tissue Int 1990;47:291-5.
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