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!
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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