Compare Carafate vs. Aciphex

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Carafate (Sucralfate)

Aciphex (Rabeprazole)

Prescription only
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Treats heartburn and ulcers.

Aciphex (Rabeprazole) is an effective medicine to treat heartburn and ulcers, but can be expensive.

Upsides
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  • Relieves heartburn symptoms and heals ulcers better than other stomach medicines, such as Pepcid, Tagamet, and Zantac.
  • Lasts longer than other similar stomach medicines. Most people take it once a day.
  • Your body won't develop a tolerance to Aciphex (Rabeprazole), so it'll work the same way as long as you need to keep taking it.
  • Once heartburn symptoms are treated, a low dose of Aciphex (Rabeprazole) can be taken daily.
Downsides
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  • Taking Aciphex (Rabeprazole) in high doses or for longer than 1 year can increase the risk for bone fractures, especially if you already have osteoporosis (weak bones).
  • Many drugs can interact with Aciphex (Rabeprazole), so talk to your doctor or pharmacist before starting any new medicines.
  • There's no generic version available, so it can be expensive.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Extended release
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Side effects
The Carafate (Sucralfate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
7possible side effects
  • Headache
    10%
  • Diarrhea
    5%
  • Nausea
    5%
  • Abdominal pain
    5%
  • Vomiting
    4%
  • Pain
    3%
  • Pharyngitis
    3%
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Risks and warnings
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  • Severe stomach inflammation (atrophic gastritis)

    Helicobacter pylori infection

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Severe diarrhea

    Being hospitalized

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Broken bones

    Osteoporosis

    ...and 5 more risk factors

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