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) is an effective and inexpensive acid reducer commonly used to provide heartburn relief and help heal ulcers.
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Have you used Carafate (sucralfate)?
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Reviews for Prevacid
71%
-71% worse vs. Carafate
71%
-71% worse vs. Carafate
19%
+19% better vs. Carafate
Have you used Prevacid (lansoprazole)?
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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 by blocking the final step of stomach acid production.
Type of medication
CarafatePrevacid
Prescription or OTC
Available as
CarafatePrevacid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Extended release
  • Dissolving tablet extended release
  • Liquid
Used for
CarafatePrevacid
  • Duodenal Ulcer Disease
Risk factors for serious side effects
CarafatePrevacid
    Coming soon.
    • High dose Prevacid (lansoprazole)
    • Long-term treatment with Prevacid (lansoprazole)
    • Low bone mineral density
    • Older age
    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.

    Price
    CarafatePrevacid
    No price related info.
    • Prevacid (lansoprazole) is available over-the-counter and as inexpensive, generic options.
    Interactions
    CarafatePrevacid
    No interactions related info.
    • Some prescription drugs can interact with Prevacid (lansoprazole), so talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the medicines you are taking.
    Kidneys and liver
    CarafatePrevacid
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    • Prevacid (lansoprazole) can cause acute kidney damage that can occur at any time during treatment. Stop taking Prevacid (lansoprazole) and speak to your doctor immediately if you notice blood in the urine, changes in urine output, swelling of the body, weight gain, fever, or confusion.
    Upsides and benefits
    CarafatePrevacid
    Coming soon
    • Most people can take Prevacid (lansoprazole) without any noticeable day-to-day side effects.
    • Comes in a dissolving tablet to be placed on the tongue if you cannot or do not like to swallow pills.
    • Prevacid (lansoprazole) lasts longer than other types of antacids (like Zantac, Pepcid, or Tums), and you only need to take it once a day.
    • You can take it in combination with a quick-acting antacid (like Maalox or Tums) if you need relief right away.
    • Prevacid (lansoprazole) is available over-the-counter and as inexpensive, generic options.
    Downsides and risks
    CarafatePrevacid
    Coming soon
    • Doesn't start working right away like some other acid reducers (Tums, Rolaids, or Maalox).
    • May not be the best choice for patients 65 years of age and older due to risk of bone fractures and C. diff infection (bacterial).
    • Is used if you have frequent heartburns that occur more than 2 days per week. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you only have occasional heartburn.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    CarafatePrevacid
    Coming soon
    • Take Prevacid (lansoprazole) with a full glass of water before eating.
    • Starts working in 1 to 3 hours. It can take 1 to 4 days to take full effect.
    • Some prescription drugs can interact with Prevacid (lansoprazole), so talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the medicines you are taking.
    • Do not take for more than 14 days, unless directed by your doctor. Speak to your doctor if your symptoms don't go away after 2 weeks.
    • Prevacid (lansoprazole) capsules can be opened and sprinkled on 1 tablespoon of applesauce, cottage cheese, or yogurt. Swallow immediately after. The dissolving tablets shouldn't be swallowed, broken, or chewed.
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