Compare Carafate vs. Aciphex
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Heals ulcers in the intestines.
Carafate (sucralfate) has few side-effects, but is more expensive than other medicines used to treat ulcers.
Treats heartburn and ulcers.
Aciphex (rabeprazole) is good for treating heartburn and ulcers, but should not be used long-term.
- Has minimal side effects compared to other medicines used to treat ulcers.
- Available in liquid formulation if you have difficulty swallowing pill.
- Aciphex (rabeprazole) works better than over-the-counter medications that have not relieved your acid reflux.
- The delayed-release pill provides relief over 24 hours.
- Aciphex (rabeprazole) can be taken with or without food.
- The capsule can be safely used by children as young as 1 year old.
- Not for long-term use.
- Must be taken frequently, up to 4 times a day, which can be inconvenient.
- Interferes with how a lot of other medicines are absorbed.
- Using Aciphex (rabeprazole) for a long time can can weaken your bones or increase your risk for infectious diarrhea.
- Lowers magnesium and vitamin B12 in your body so you may need to take supplements.
- Aciphex (rabeprazole) interferes with how many medications work.
- Delayed release pill
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The Carafate (sucralfate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
5possible side effects
- Abdominal pain4%
Risks and risk factors
- Increased blood sugar
- Decreased kidney function
- Stomach cancer
- Kidney inflammation
- Severe diarrhea
- Being hospitalized
- Antibiotic use
- Bone fractures
- High dose Aciphex (rabeprazole)
- Taking Aciphex (rabeprazole) for longer than one year
- Low bone mineral density
- Age 50 years or older
- Taking steroids or anti-seizure medicines
- Low levels of magnesium and vitamin B12