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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-08-23 18:53:00 UTC
Subject: Re: carafate for oral ulcer--how should i administer it?

> biscuit got a cut on the roof of his mouth a while back, which, with
> antibiotics, has ot gotten infected but instead actually formed a small
> hole in his palate. i am having a scrip for carafate filled as i type
> this, but am wondering how i should actually administer it... the 1
> gram pills are supposed to be divided into 8ths, which is going to be a
> trick to begin with. should i just make a paste out of the prescribed
> amount and actually spread it on the roof of his mouth, or make a
> suspension out of it and just give it to him by syringe, or try to get
> actual solid pieces into him or what?

The Carafate chunks fall apart in water (better dealing with chunks
than grinding it first), and I have never heard of it given any way
except as that slurry (though others may have). It's very chalky and
it leaves a film wherever it passes.