A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
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If you are suffering from kidney problems, having regular dialysis, or have diabetes, then inform your doctor before starting Carafate. Take this medication on an empty stomach, a couple of hours before or after a meal. Although you might feel your condition improving make sure that you take this medication for the prescribed number of days. Avoid using any other medication with Carafate. Make sure to have a gap of at least a couple of hours to allow easy absorption of other medications by the body.
Don’t use any antacids without the doctor’s advice. Use only the ones prescribed by your doctor at least half an hour before or after Carafate.
The usually prescribed dose for treatment of ulcers is Sucralfate 1 gm. Tablet. This tablet is given four times a day for one or two months depending on the condition of the patient.
The active ingredient in Carafate (Sucralfate 1gm Tablet), as the name implies, is sucralfate.
Tell your doctor if you are allergic to sucralfate, pregnant or breastfeeding before starting Carafate. If you have a history of swallowing, kidney, breathing, or stomach problems be sure to discuss these problems with your doctor before beginning the Carafate treatment. Kidneys do not function properly in old age.
Carafate contains aluminum which is usually removed by the kidneys. Therefore, older people are at a higher risk of developing high aluminum levels when they use this medicine with antacids.
In case of allergic reactions such as difficulty in breathing, hives or swelling of face and throat get immediate medical attention. Some of the less serious side effects are: