Advice on carafate?

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Nikkid313
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   Posted 10/18/2013 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there! I was prescribed carafate for reflux. I have been feeling excessive gas, bloating, heartburn and nausea and my GI doctor said he thinks this will help. I also take protonix and reglan. Anyone have experiences with this medication? Did it help? Any side effects?

dencha
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   Posted 10/18/2013 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nikkid,
Welcome to Healing Well!  I have been using Carafate for years and find it extremely helpful.  I have a reactive/sensitive stomach, and always keep it on hand in case I need it.  It helps heal my stomach when it flares up.  Before my Nissen surgery I had reflux burning my esophagus, and the Carafate coated and calmed the inflamed tissue. 
 
Do you have the suspension or pill form?  I recommend the suspension, as it coats the esophagus as well as the stomach.  My PCP was very happy that the Carafate worked for me, as he said it was a very benign drug, and most is excreted through the GI tract.  Technically it can cause constipation, but I've been using it for years and never have experienced it as a side effect.
 
The hardest part of taking it is that you need to take it an hour (or more) before eating or two hours after eating.  You also need to take it two hours before or after medication, although you could check with your pharmacist.  I spoke with one who said if you take your meds first, you can space it a little closer...an hour or hour and a half, as the med is likely out of your stomach long before the two hour mark.  I stick by the two hour rule, just to be safe, though.
 
Hope you get feeling better soon!
Take care,
Denise
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Nikkid313
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   Posted 10/18/2013 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for responding. I'm nervous to take because of side effects. does it help with the nausea as well? I'm pregnant and the doctor said its safe in pregnancy.

dencha
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   Posted 10/18/2013 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nikkid,
Did your call your OB/GYN about the medication?  That would be the only doc I'd trust.  From what I've read, it is probably safe during pregnancy, but shouldn't be taken unless there is a definite need. 
 
It helps with nausea if the nausea is caused by irritation of the stomach lining.  If you've got morning sickness type nausea, there are other drugs that are better for that.  Wish I could be more help.  The fact that your pregnant changes things. 
 
Just give your OB doc a call.  If he/she thinks its safe, then I would think you could trust taking it. 
Good luck!
Denise
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

Nikkid313
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   Posted 10/18/2013 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes the ob said it was fine. The nausea is from reflux, I'm 20 weeks and morning sickness is over but I've had reflux since before I was pregnant. I'm already taking reglan and protonix and the reflux is still bad. I'm especially cautious about taking meds when pregnant more than the doctors. I'm wondering if carafate will actually help or if it's not worth it. I'm concerned about side effects which I heard can cause lack of appetite and stomach problems so I'm nervous about being pregnant and having negative side effects. Thanks for responding!

dencha
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   Posted 10/18/2013 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nikkid,
I'm a big advocate for Carafate.  It has worked wonders for me, and made my stomach much more comfortable.  It has helped my stomach heal more quickly as well.  I've used it often and for many years without any side effects at all.
 
Good luck with your pregnancy!  How wonderful!
Best wishes,
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

Nikkid313
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   Posted 10/18/2013 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you take it 4 times a day or as needed? I have the tablets. My doctor said I could take it twice a day. I wanted to start before bedtime because night and morning I feel the worst.

dencha
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   Posted 10/18/2013 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nikkid,

It depends. When I'm in a full-blown gastritis attack I try to take it every 6 hours if I can. If you are taking other meds it's challenging to get all the Carafate doses in. I tend to get up in the night to use the bathroom, so I always got one dose I that way.

Carafate was developed to heal ulcers. If you've got gastritis/stomach lining irritation it is important to take it consistently so your stomach gets a chance to heal while it has the Carafate protective coating.

Hope you feel better soon!
good luck!
Denise

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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle
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