Sucralfate is used to treat oral, esophageal, gastric and duodenal ulcers.
Side effects may include constipation, but they are rare. Vomiting has been reported in cats. Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
Dogs, Cats, and Horses
Sucralfate may also be used to prevent non-steroidal anti-inflammatory induced ulceration. This medication forms a barrier over the ulcer. This barrier protects the ulcer from the acid of the stomach, allowing it to heal.
Sucralfate should be given orally generally on an empty stomach as directed by your veterinarian. Try to give this medication at about the same time(s) each day.
This medication does not have an FDA approved indication for use in animals, but it is a common and acceptable practice for veterinarians to prescribe this human medication for use in animals.
Do not stop giving this medication to your pet unless directed by your veterinarian.
Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving to your pet. Quite often your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, and a drug interaction may be anticipated. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely. The following drugs can potentially interact with sucralfate, the use together may not necessarily be contraindicated but additional monitoring may be appropriate: fluoroquinolone antibiotics, cimetidine, tetracycline/doxycycline, ketoconazole, levothyroxine, theophylline, fat soluble vitamins, phenytoin, digoxin, and antacids. Separate the administration of sucralfate and these drugs by 2 hours. Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.
Allergic reactions to medications may occur. Be sure to inform VetSource and your veterinarian if your pet has any known drug sensitivities or allergies. If your pet displays symptoms of an allergic reaction, call your veterinarian immediately or go to a veterinary emergency clinic. Symptoms may include but are not limited to: swollen lips, tongue, face, airways; difficulty breathing; agitation; profuse salivation; vomiting; widespread hives and itching.