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Nal
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   Posted 12/22/2011 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
You mentioned you had shoulder pain. Where was it located at? Mine gies to the tip of my left shoulder up by the socket. Ouch! Also, did carafate help you? Was your tummy burning and that's why you took it? Mines burning now and I have some carafate I can try Thank you for everything

dencha
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   Posted 12/22/2011 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nancy,
I think my shoulder pain was between the joint and the neck...kind of in the collarbone area. Still, nerves can refer pain all over the place.  If you can get up and do some walking--it doesn't have to be a lot.  It might help.  I could feel a direct relationship between walking and shoulder pain.  I agree...that pain is the worst part!
 
Yes, my tummy and wrap are very reactive and I get gastritis regularly.  The Carafate suspension is wonderful, as it coats the esophagus, wrap, and stomach and the coating lasts up to 6 hours.  Even though you may not notice an immediate improvement, it will, over time, protect the delicate tissue and allow it to heal.
 
I couldn't live without my Carafate.  If you space it 30 minutes away from the Carafate, you can also take a liquid antacid, which seems to help as well.  Just remember to take the Carafate an hour before or 2 hours after meals. 
 
 Also 2 hours before and after meals (although a pharmacist said that if you take a med, you could shorten the time up a bit, and take the Carafate maybe 1 and a half hours after.  I know it's hard to fit it in...especially when you're eating small meals.  I would guess that if you're not eating as much that it won't take the full 2 hours to empty your stomach...you could probably fudge a little on timing there.
 
While you're healing, anything that can relieve your poor stomach will be a help.
Best wishes!
Denise

Nal
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   Posted 12/22/2011 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Now I only have the large pills. Any suggestions to get them down?
I think I have everything under the sun! Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, and GERD. Had my sugary dec 8, 2011

Nancy

bowecho
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   Posted 12/22/2011 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I used Carafate before my surgery and I found it to work pretty well as long as I remembered to take it. My doctor first gave me the pills, but they were huge and I'm not good with pills anyway, so I asked him for the liquid version instead. You may want to call your doctor's office and ask them to give you a new prescription for liquid.

If you want to try to get the pills down now, I recommend picking up a cheap pill crusher. I got one at Walgreens. It works great. You can crush the pill and mix it into some applesauce or something similar. Its kind of a hassle, so it may be easier to just ask for the liquid Carafate instead of pill form.

Tony

bcfromfl
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   Posted 12/22/2011 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
If your goal is just to get the pills down, place the carafate in a small amount of water for about an hour or so. They'll dissolve, and swallow easily. The pills, however, don't coat quite as well as the suspension does.

I wish I could send you my huge bottle of carafate pills! I'll never use them...

-Bruce

dencha
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   Posted 12/22/2011 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Nancy,
If you have good prescription coverage, ask your doctor for a Carafate suspension script. Otherwise, you can put your Sucrafate tablet in a little medicine cup (assuming it's the generic version and not coated) and it will melt pretty quickly.  Stir it with a little toothpick and throw it back like a shot (not that I've ever had a shot).  It'll have a chance to do some coating on the way down.
 
I'm not sure it will be as effective taken with food, as the food will be coated and take some of the effectiveness away.
 
You could ask your pharmacist!
Good luck,
Denise

kaylajane
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   Posted 12/22/2011 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope you didn't have to pay as much for your Carafate as I did - it set me back $288! for 3 bottles. I didn't notice it helping much - maybe I should start using it again. I wish this throat clearing would go away!

dencha
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   Posted 12/22/2011 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi kaylajane,
That's why I said, "if you have good prescription insurance..."  I know it's very expensive.  I would pay whatever it costs to have it on hand, as my reactive stomach is protected nicely by its coating.
 
If you have esophageal or stomach irritation, it is very helpful.  It's the GI doc's treatment of choice for those with bile reflux, too.  The results aren't noticed immediately, but it was developed to protect stomach ulcers from acid so they could heal.
 
The best thing is that it's not so much a medication as a product, since it the majority isn't absorbed, but rather, is excreted through the digestive tract.
 
LPR/throat clearing issues are tough to get rid of, unfortunately.
Good luck with it.
Denise
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