If you look at the side effects/risks of all drugs you wouldn't take any. Just like antacids and every other thing you take, if you have kidney function issues, you need to discuss it with your doctor. Every drug has a long list of problems attached. There is not a single drug you can find without a pamphlet filled with contraindications and "side effects". (My asthma doc says that when they're doing drug testing they have to report every single reported side effect. In one case when he was involved in a study, he had to report that a person had black and blue toe--it had been stubbed--and that side effect went into the paperwork).
I can tell you this. My PCP was very happy that I found Carafate suspension helpful, as it is a "very benign" drug. Most is excreted and not absorbed systemically.
There is a risk-benefit to everything you put into your body, including foods. The biggest problem with Carafate suspension that I can see, is the fact that it needs to be taken 2 hours before and after taking any other medication to ensure it doesn't interfere with absorption, and an hour before or two hours after meals. It makes it tricky to take.
Anyone who's suffered with gastritis and/or esophagitis won't find anything that works quite as well. It coats, protects, soothes, and encourages healing. If those are things you're looking for, take Carafate. I always keep it on hand, just in case.
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