Does carafate reduce bile reflux?

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kevinla
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   Posted 9/27/2012 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Does it do more than coat the stomach and esophogaus and promote healing?

I read somewhere that it binds with bile and reduces bile reflux.

I have read some success stories, but some stories of it not working.

Does it prevent the reflux of bile?

Post Edited (kevinla) : 9/27/2012 11:10:44 PM (GMT-6)


dencha
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   Posted 9/27/2012 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi kevinla,
I have a reactive stomach and use Carafate when I'm having problems.  I discussed Carafate uses with my GI doc some years ago, and he said that it was used with good results in treating bile reflux as well.  From what he described, it coats the esophagus and stomach both, protecting them from the damaging effects of bile.  He said that when he does an endoscopy after someone has taken it, the coating is visible almost immediately.   I understood that within ten minutes after taking the Carafate it is attached to the esophagus and at that point it is okay to drink water.
 
Carafate was developed to protect healing ulcers.  I guess some GI docs aren't impressed with its results, but as someone who uses it regularly for sensitive stomach/wrap, I can vouch for its ability to make the stomach and wrap feel better.  At least that's my experience!
 
I really can't tell you about the binding with bile.  Sorry!
 
Good luck!
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kevinla
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   Posted 9/27/2012 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I meant to add.

This is for LPR from bile reflux.

dencha
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   Posted 9/28/2012 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi kevinla,
Have you seen this WebMD resource regarding Carafate?
 
 
It discusses "other uses", and one is healing ulcers in the esophagus.  It is also used for healing mouth sores.  Hmmmmmmm.  The caveat is that it takes 4-8 weeks of continual use to do the job.  I don't know if this provides anything you didn't already know, but check it out.
 
As I suspected, the only thing listed is the coating/protection qualities.  Sorry!
Denise
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