Carafate is a great old drug. I have been on it--regularly at first, then just as needed. I have a very reactive stomach, and get gastris easily. When i was hospitalized for GERD and asthma a few years ago, they gave it to me. My stomach was burned to a crisp, and it was very helpful.
I've never had any side effects at all. I looked it up..there aren't any listed, which is very uncommon.
I take it the way they gave it to me at the hospital...I put the tablet in a little medicine cup, add a little water, stir it up, and down it by tossing it back. I like that because I think it coated my wrap (which, after Nissen surgery, and gone through some irritated times).
I use it whenever my stomach is challenged, and it is very helpful.
Hope you feel better!