Compare Carafate vs. Prevacid

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

Carafate
(sucralfate)

Prevacid
(lansoprazole)

Coming soon.Treats heartburn and stomach ulcers. Prevacid (Lansoprazole) gives you long-lasting heartburn relief and helps heal ulcers.
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Best available price for 120 (1g) tablets of sucralfate
Coupons for Prevacid
Best available price for 30 (30mg) capsules of lansoprazole
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Reviews for Carafate (sucralfate)
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Reviews for Prevacid (lansoprazole)
71%
+71% better vs. Carafate (sucralfate)
71%
+71% better vs. Carafate (sucralfate)
19%
-19% worse vs. Carafate (sucralfate)
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Side effects
CarafatePrevacid

We haven’t found good data for Carafate side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Carafate »
  • Diarrhea 2%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
More Prevacid side effects »
How it works
CarafatePrevacid
Coming soon.Prevacid (Lansoprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). It lowers the amount of acid in your stomach, treats heartburn, and heals ulcers.
Type of medication
CarafatePrevacid
Prescription or OTC
Available as
CarafatePrevacid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Extended release
  • Dissolving tablet extended release
Used for
CarafatePrevacid
  • Duodenal Ulcer Disease
Risk factors for serious side effects
CarafatePrevacid
    Coming soon.
    • Helicobacter pylori infection
    • Autoimmune disease
    • Being hospitalized
    • Antibiotic use
    • Osteoporosis
    Detailed Prevacid (lansoprazole) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Interactions
    CarafatePrevacid
    No interactions related info.
    • Can interact with other drugs, so be sure your doctor knows all the medicine you're taking before starting Prevacid (Lansoprazole).
    • Avoid drug interactions by telling your doctor all of the other medications or herbal supplements you take before starting Prevacid (Lansoprazole).
    Food
    CarafatePrevacid
    No food related info.
    • Take Prevacid (Lansoprazole) about 1 hour before a meal.
    Upsides and benefits
    CarafatePrevacid
    Coming soon
    • Most people can take Prevacid (Lansoprazole) without any noticeable day-to-day side effects.
    • Prevacid (Lansoprazole) lasts longer than other types of antacids (like Zantac, Pepcid, or Tums), and you only need to take it once or twice a day.
    • You can take it in combination with a quick-acting antacid (like Maalox or Tums) if you need relief right away.
    • Available as both a generic and over-the-counter option, so it's pretty affordable.
    • Sometimes if one PPI doesn't work, another medication in the same class will work for you.
    Downsides and risks
    CarafatePrevacid
    Coming soon
    • Doesn't start working as fast as some other antacids like Tums, Rolaids, or Maalox.
    • Depending on the condition you are treating, it can take one to two weeks to get the full effect.
    • If you are taking Prevacid (Lansoprazole) for a long time you should take a calcium supplement to prevent fragile bones.
    • Can interact with other drugs, so be sure your doctor knows all the medicine you're taking before starting Prevacid (Lansoprazole).
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    CarafatePrevacid
    Coming soon
    • Take Prevacid (Lansoprazole) about 1 hour before a meal.
    • Don't chew or crush capsules, but swallow them whole.
    • If you have trouble swallowing, there's a tablet available that dissolves in your mouth.
    • Give Prevacid (Lansoprazole) a chance to work. You'll see some benefits right away, but the full effects can take a week or so to kick in.
    • Avoid drug interactions by telling your doctor all of the other medications or herbal supplements you take before starting Prevacid (Lansoprazole).
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