Sucralfate is a non-absorbed disaccharide. In other words, it’s a double sugar that never gets absorbed. For some very unknown reason, this particular sugar gets attracted to ulcers and forms a gelatinous barrier over the ulcer. It’s like putting a band-aid over the ulcer, preventing the acid from getting it to it, allowing the ulcer to heal in 6-8 weeks. This cannot be used prophylactically because if an ulcer doesn’t exist, it has no where to bind to.
- Acts as a barrier on the ulcer
- Allows ulcer to heal by preventing acid contact