Hi belljar --
If you were able to get the UK version of Gaviscon, as your ENT mentioned, that is the superior formulation. I'll check out Express Chemists...
Hi Denise --
Yes, I am intolerant of all PPIs. I've tried them all, and they cause massive headaches, even days after I stop taking them as they work their way through my system. That was one of the main reasons propelling me towards the TIF surgery.
The reason I took the Carafate was for the "coating" properties to protect my throat as I sleep, and I realize that it's mostly meant for stomach complaints. But the doctor assured me that it would be better than the Gaviscon for my throat. I knew that the Gaviscon wasn't lasting through the night, and was looking for something longer-lasting.
I could even tell as I swallowed the suspension that there wasn't any appreciable coating going on, at least not like what I feel with the Gaviscon. The doctor also described it as not being a drug, and, therefore, no side-effects. It's just an inert substance with a therapeutic application.
The wedge I use is a special wedge that goes all the way down to my hips, and I've built up an elevated platform for my pillow so my head can be at the right position, beyond the wedge (I'm 6'1", so I need the extra). I'm at about 12" or so. I was at 18" for several months before the surgery, but I didn't notice any improvement at that angle, and it was very hard on my sciatica. I don't slide off the wedge.
I started off with the liquid Gaviscon, but I agree with the various reviews I've seen on the web -- that it's inferior to the regular-strength tablets.
I don't eat past 3pm, and go to bed at 12-1am, to make sure my stomach is completely empty, and the Gaviscon can have maximum effect.
Thanks so much for your suggestions!