My doctor gave me this when I had my bad attack (chest pain, nausea, etc.). I noticed a difference right away. It soothed whatever was going on with my esophagus and stomach. I went through several prescriptions of this stuff when I was healing (along with 40 mg./day of Protonix).
I tried taking it this morning. I have noticed no difference at all yet.
Ive been taking the liquid form since last night. My throat is a little sore today-i assume that can be normal from this med since it coats the throat. Ok, sore isn't the correct word, more like a "funny feeling". My tummy does kinda feel a little better.
No, its prescription only (as far as I know anyway)
Thats a good question. I wish I knew the answer too!! From I have read and been told, it can take up to several months. It really all depends on whats causing the gastritis in the first place.
I had to break down and take some nexium this week. I couldn't deal with the acid reflux anymore-it was killing me! Im still taking the carafate though and I think its helping too.,
How's the carafate working for your gastritis?
I seem to go 7-10 days feeling generally ok (I say generally ok, because I can usually tell at times during the day that something isn't right), then have a flare up where it's very noticeable--pain, difficulty eating. My reflux symptoms are seriously reduced, however. I guess I'm concerned that it's been about five weeks and my symptoms haven't completely disappeared...maybe gastritis never goes away? :(
This can really get quite depressing, and then you start to wonder if you have something far more serious wrong with you...
Hope you are all doing better.
The carafate is helping. I do not think it is a cure all but I do notice a difference on it.
My ph Bravo test showed that yes I have reflux but not severe enough for my current GI dr to do a darn thing about it. Oh well.
Im also taking DGL licorice root and aloe vera juice and that seems to help too.
My current dr did say that gastritis can take quite a while to heal but you also cant do it without changing your diet (eliminating caffeine, high fats and high carbs and limit sugar intake). I know, definately easier said than done considering I just ate half a package of girl scout cookies -oh well.