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   Posted 9/11/2011 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
So I had fundoplication a year ago, still have lpr. With that said I am not really worried about that. They scoped me last month and everything looked good except my stomach was filled with bile and I was diagnosed with chronic gastritis, minimally active cells. I had gastritis 3 years ago but never have my scopes found bile. The night before i took hydrocodone for pain. Could that be why there was was trying to rid my body of hydrocodone. Also, now i take carafate 4 times a day. How do i take that in relationship to my aciphex and food. do i take aciphex, carafate then eat. the opposite. or take aciphex, eat, the carafate so confused and scared

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Date Joined Jul 2011
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   Posted 9/11/2011 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you still have your gall bladder? Have you ever had a HIDA (?) scan before? What did your doc say about it?

Sorry you're having trouble. Hope it gets better soon. Until then, all of us here will try to help you in any way we can :)

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   Posted 9/11/2011 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to read you are having problems.  Hydrocodone can cause side effects that that include  stomach pain. It  is rapidly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and eliminated from the body through the renal system.
Great questions for you Dr. as I am not qualified to answer why you had bile in your stomach on scoping.
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   Posted 9/11/2011 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joe,
As Kitt said, you should ask your doctor or pharmacist about how to take the Carafate in conjunction with your meds.  I love Carafate and it works great, but it's hard to take because of timing.
I generally take Carafate before meds.  I have heard of people who set their alarm early, take the Carafate, then go back to bed.  You need to take Carafate 2 hours before or 2 hours after medications.  I did talk to a pharmacist who said that if I took my medication before Carafate I could space it a little closer because it doesn't take 2 hours to clear your stomach of the medication.  She told me that by an hour or so the medications should be out of the stomach.
The directions for Carafate and eating are...take it one hour before or two hours after meals.
Really, it doesn't matter which you take first...just that you space them properly.  Carafate can interfere with the absorption of medications if you don't allow enough time between.  If you take it while food is still in your stomach it coats your food, and doesn't coat your stomach properly.
I hope you get your gastritis into control soon. 
Hang in there,

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Date Joined Jul 2011
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   Posted 9/21/2011 4:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joe,
I read your other post about your wrap.
My suggestion, if you want to check your wrap is tight enough or not, you could perform bravo capsule test. So you might see is it really acid reflux or not.
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