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Liquid Sucralfate in the Management of Aphthous Ulcers


Am Fam Physician. 2001 Sep 1;64(5):737.

to the editor: The article “Management of Aphthous Ulcers,”1 by Dr. McBride, offers many treatments for this painful malady, to which I would add one I have used—liquid sucralfate (Carafate) held at the ulcer site for about one minute one or two times per day. It has a soothing effect, it is not bad tasting, and it clears the ulcer rapidly.24


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1. McBride DR. Management of aphthous ulcers. Am Fam Physician. 2000;62:149–54,160....

2. Rattan J, Schneider M, Arber N, Gorsky M, Dayan D. Sucralfate suspension as a treatment of recurrent aphthous stomatitis. J Intern Med. 1994;236:341–3.

3. Ricer RE. Sucralfate vs. placebo for the treatment of aphthous ulcers. Fam Pract Res J. 1989;9:33–41.

4. Epstein JB, Chow AW. Oral complications associated with immunosuppression and cancer therapies. Infect Dis Clin North Am. 1999;13:901–23.

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