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theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 5/26/2012 7:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Do people here use the pill or the liquid. I asked my Dr. for the pill since it has a generic version but found out he prescribed the liquid, which is $50 copay for a 'week's supply'. I'm planning on getting the generic pill instead...

dencha
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   Posted 5/26/2012 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi ARM,I use the liqud form, and thankfully I have good prescription coverage. I've used both, and while the suspension is way more expensive it's well worth it if you can get it. I'm assuming you're getting it to see if it helps your LPR issues. In that case, then liquid has the best chance. The pill form is perfect for healing gastritis and ulcers, but not as good at esophageal issues because it doesn't coat them on the way down.

That said, if you mix the pill form with a little water in a medicine or shot glass, it can do some coating as it goes down. When my wrap was irritated, I had been taking Maalox and it just wasn't doing it for me. I suddenly remembered I had some Carafate pills on hand. I mixed one with a little water and threw it back like a shot...INSTANT RELIEF.

I'm the Carafate advocate around here. It's a wonder drug for me.
Try the suspension, then try the pills. You'll have the perfect comparison.
When I recommend the suspension, I always amend it with "if you have good prescription coverage" because of the cost. I don't get why it's so expensive. I wonder what it costs in Canada? Here's the answer at one mail-order pharmacy in Canada: I don't know if you can actually get scripts that way, or if it's prohibited.

Good luck with your experiment.
Denise

theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 5/26/2012 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok, I guess I'll buy it this first time. Just for comparison, how long does it last for you at keeping symptoms at bay when you take it?

Thanks, and thanks for the reply on the other thread r.e. surgery and no barrett's, I keep your experience in mind at the top of the list when considering the surgery. Thanks for having the patience to share it again with me!

dencha
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   Posted 5/26/2012 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi ARM,
No problem.  I'm glad to share whatever information I have, and I was supported here when I needed help--I'm just paying it forward.
 
Each dose is supposed to last 6 hours.  I have a reactive stomach, which is an ongoing problem that isn't improved with a Nissen.  Actually, since the wrap was created out of that same reactive "cloth" it can cause problems as things are forced through it into my stomach.  It can get fairly irritable when I have a stretch of eating and drinking things I shouldn't.
 
Because of this issue I take a dose of Carafate at bedtime (it has to be 2 hours after eating and taking meds and 2 hours before taking meds).  I generally wake up in the wee hours, so if it's been nearly 6 hours I take another dose.  Most of the time I just take these 2 doses.  If I'm having a REALLY bad stomach issue I try to fit at least one more dose in during the course of the day.
 
I get a 3 month supply and it usually lasts me about 6 months.  I can get 1 month free of copay if I get my scripts through a mail-order pharmacy.   So it's buy 2 get 1 free.
 
The hardest part about taking Carafate is getting the doses in between meals and medication.  You can eat 1 hour after taking Carafate, but you have to wait 2 hours for meds.  If you take meds before Carafate a pharmacist said that you can sneak the Carafate in a little earlier than the 2 hours because it's unlikely that they'll still be in your stomach a full 2 hours.  She said, though, that once you take the Carafate, the 2 hour spacing is critical.  That's why nighttime works great for me.
 
If you're getting damage at night (and if it's silent, you'll never know) the nighttime dosing will definitely be helpful, as your esophagus and throat will be protected.  Hey, it's worth a try!
 
Good luck.  I'll be interested in hearing if it's helping at all.
Keep in mind that healing takes time.
Have a great day!
Denise

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   Posted 6/2/2012 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Denise,

My pharmacy gave me the carafate in a plastic bottle that isn't marked...I think its just some standard plastic bottle they use for liquids. Its a nasty yellow semi-transparent color. Do you know if the carafate will suffer any ill-effects if I transfer it to a glass bottle?

Thanks!

dencha
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   Posted 6/2/2012 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ARM,
I wouldn't see any problem.  The only issue would be light sensitivity, and I've never heard anything about that.  Still, you could keep it in a dark place...cupboard or closet.  Temperature is the only issue..."room temperature" Between 66 and 77 degrees.  I wouldn't think it could hurt it.
 
Pharmacists are always a great resource and are always happy to answer questions.  It doesn't have to even be your regular pharmacy...why not give one of them a call and see what they say. 
 
Sorry I can't give you an unequivocal answer...I get mine in the standard medicine bottle color and it's never been an issue.
 
Good luck!
Denise
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