stomach ulcers

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   Posted 6/25/2011 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, I am ususally on the Ostomy web page...but I dont have a appliance cuz they  reconnected me.
For the past 4 months my stomach has been burning and killing me off, constant sour stuff I burp and taste all the time.  So my doc started me on a drug called Sucralfate 1GM.  Has anyone ever been on it this is my second day on it and no relief yet, guess it takes a few days.  Anyone have any suggestions?  The took my blood to see if I have a bleading ulcer but have not got the results of that yet.
Hope all is well and I pray for all your struggles..

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   Posted 6/25/2011 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Leslie,
AKA Carafate, this medication is used to treat and prevent ulcers in the intestines. Sucralfate forms a coating over ulcers, protecting the area from further injury. This helps ulcers heal more quickly.
I know we have members that use this medication and I am sure some will be along shortly to answer you questions.
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   Posted 6/25/2011 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Leslie,

I'm a huge fan of Carafate. I've used it on and off for many years. I have a very reactive stomach, and have gotten gastritis fairly often. The Carafate coats your stomach (and if you take Carafate Suspension, it coats your esophagus as well) and protects it from acid. I believe it was developed to heal ulcers in the stomach.

The main thing you need to do is to take it on an empty stomach...1 hour before or 2 hours after meals. Also, take it 2 hours before or after medications.

It provides protection while your stomach heals...unfortunately, healing stomach and esophageal tissue is a long process, and there is no quick fix. You'll have to be very patient, and eat very carefully while it heals.

If you want the Sulcrafate (Carafate) 1G to coat your esophagus as well, you can kind of melt the pill in a medicine cup (and a little water) and stir it with a toothpick. Then throw it back and swallow it all at once. That way it will have a chance to coat your esophagus on the way down to the stomach.

I prefer Carafate Suspension, as it coats the esophagus easily as it moves into the stomach. The good thing about Carafate (as opposed to Gavascon or Maalox) is that it sticks to the surface of the stomach for up to 6 hours.

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Hope you feel better soon.

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Date Joined Jun 2011
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   Posted 6/28/2011 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Leslie,

i cured my ulcer a few years ago. here are a few helpful suggestions:

goto a GI doc and confirm you have a ulcer (could be a lot of things)
those coating medicines never helped me during my time with an ulcer.
The only thing that helped was PPI Aciphex, nexium (best).

the stomach can produce a tons of acid, PPI just turn it down, never completely off..

good luck.
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