Carafate suspension burning when I take it.

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Ariona
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   Posted 1/3/2011 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been diagnosed with esophagitis and gastritis. I am very inflamed I even have a sore throat. I have the starts of an ulcer...It started with heartburn. They gave me protonix first, I had an endonoscopy she switched me to nexium. I took it for a month today she put me on Carafate liquid and Dexilant. When I take the Carafate it makes the burning a bit worse. Should I keep taking it? Does it take time? Any Advice?

dencha
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   Posted 1/3/2011 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ariona,
Welcome to Healing Well! It sounds like you've got a very irritated esophagus. I've been taking Carafate Suspension for a long time, and have never had that type of reaction. Carafate does a wonderful job of coating your esopghagus and stomach. My GI doc said that Carafate Suspension is an excellent way to protect the esophagus, and I do know that Carafate is used to treat ulcers.

The idea is that it coats the affected lesion, thus allowing it time to heal without being doused with acid or bile.

It may be challenging in the beginning, as it sounds like you have some serious inflammation, but I would encourage you to take the Carafate like clockwork. In the end it will be the thing that best protects your esophagus and stomach, thus allowing it to heal.

I hope you feel better very soon!
Don't forget that you can't take prescription drugs until 2 hours after you take Carafate, to ensure that it is absorbed properly. You're also supposed to take meds two hours before the Carafate, but I did have a pharmacist tell me that you could cheat a little on that timing, as the drug will be out of your stomach within an hour or hour and a half.

Wait an hour after taking Carafate before eating. (or take it 2 hours after eating)

I personally find it a great help. I have a very reactive stomach, and the Carafate really makes a difference for me. The hardest part is the spacing between drugs/and eating.

Hang in there. If you're that inflamed, be sure to take the Carafate as prescribed.
Good luck! Feel better soon.
Denise

Ariona
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   Posted 1/3/2011 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel like I made my esophagus and stomach even more mad at me...I have been trying to deal with the stress and frustration of all of this and its hard and I know it makes me worse. I am new at the whole acid reflux, gerd, esophagitis,gastritis. I just know I am in alot of pain. Thank you so much. Its going to be hard because i am to eat little meals more often.

dencha
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   Posted 1/3/2011 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
small, frequent meals is good advice. Be sure to eat only smooth and non-irritating foods until things clear. As hard as it is to believe, this will pass. You will get better. It will take a long time, and you will need to be patient, but it will get better. I've been there. I've felt the frustration, and the unfairness of it all.
Stick around here, and we'll lavish support and answer whatever questions we can!
Hang in there!
Denise

Ariona
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   Posted 1/3/2011 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I find myself crying in pain. I do not sleep well due to pain...if i sleep... My family is supportive...I went from an active adult to one that just wants to curl in a ball. Do you think I should keep taking the carafate? I wish there was something to help me sleep better. I sleep propped up now and I am not used to that at all. I feel like someone burned me straight through to my back. I will stick around...It nice having someone who has went through this even though I do not wish this on anyone. i feel like I'm never going to get better. I need to get the mind set and its hard for me ...that tell my self you r going to be strong and heal.

dencha
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   Posted 1/3/2011 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Ariona,
You ARE going to heal. You WILL feel like your old self again soon.

From my experience and what I know of how Carafate protects the tissue, I would continue taking it. However, to ease your mind, you should call your doctor and let him/her weigh in on the subject. If your doc doesn't think the Carafate is irritating you further, then you should definitely tough it out and use it, as it will speed up your healing in a big way.

I had a GI doc recently tell me that within ten minutes of taking Carafate, the esophagus is coated and protected. (Actually, you shouldn't drink immediately after taking it...you won't want to wash it off before it has a chance to adhere.)

It was a drug that developed to coat ulcers in the stomach so they could heal. The other thing my doctor likes about it is that very little is absorbed...it just does its work and exits though the lower GI tract.

I wish I could help you heal, but it will just take time.
Time, time, time--and careful eating.

As frustrating as that is, there is no way to hurry it along. It will heal in its own sweet time.
Best wishes for as speedy a recovery as possible!!!
Denise

Moneta
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   Posted 1/17/2012 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Ariona,
My husband had esophageal cancer and was prescribed Carafate.  He still gets burning and yes, it does burn but slightly he said.  He gets burning in his right ear and down his back. I guess that's normal but he does have an appointment to see his gastroenterologist next month.  He's due for his endoscopy.  20% of his stomach was taken and part of his esophagus.  He had his chemo and radiation starting Aug. 2008 and ended up on Oct. 10, 2008  His surgery was 12/3/08 and it took months for his recovery.  He still can't tell when he should eat as they cut the vegus nerve so he also fills up fast.  He also takes Nystatin, 2 Prilosec and his blood pressure pill every night.
Good luck!
Moneta
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