Which medications in the drug class Cytoprotective Agents are used in the treatment of Peptic Ulcer Disease?

Updated: Apr 26, 2021
  • Author: BS Anand, MD; Chief Editor: Philip O Katz, MD, FACP, FACG  more...
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Cytoprotective Agents

Cytoprotective agents stimulate mucus production and enhance blood flow throughout the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. These agents also work by forming a coating that protects the ulcerated tissue. Examples of cytoprotective agents include misoprostol and sucralfate.

Misoprostol (Cytotec)

Misoprostol is a prostaglandin analog that can be used to decrease the incidence of peptic ulcers and complications in long-term NSAID users at high risk.

Sucralfate (Carafate)

Sucralfate binds with positively charged proteins in exudates and forms a viscous adhesive substance that protects the GI lining against pepsin, peptic acid, and bile salts. It is used for short-term management of ulcers.

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