What is sucralfate?
Sucralfate is a medication indicated for use as a treatment for ulcers in the small intestine (duodenal ulcers). Duodenal ulcers are a form of peptic ulcer – small sores that develop in the stomach or intestines. The most common cause of these sores is a bacterial infection. This form of ulcer is not caused by stress, spicy foods, or shock.
Duodenal ulcers can cause symptoms such as stomach pain, bloating, heartburn, and nausea. These symptoms may be made worse by fatty foods, alcohol, or smoking.
Sucralfate helps alleviate the symptoms of duodenal ulcers while protecting the sore from further irritation.