Re: Any info on Carafate?
I do have a lot of air, but I have trouble burping it up. Sometimes I can feel it going all the way through my digestive tract and then you know what happens. I have to pass it the other way. That's embarrassing! I think when I can't burp is when I get the severe bloating full feeling. Sometimes I take phazyme (gas pill) and that helps.
I did have those initial side effects and for a long time would not take it, but finally I stuck it out because I already felt sick so why not keep taking it. It didn't really make me feel any worse and sometimes I think I created the side effects or blamed a stomachache on a medicine when it probably had nothing to do with the medicine. I have had bile reflux for about 15 years. Since the first diagnosis I would take carafate off and on. I would stop taking it when I felt better then start again. This time I have been taking it since April of 2003. I remember a few stomachaches through the night during the following 3 - 4 months and then they just stopped. I now take only 1 gram a day before I go to bed because somewhere I thought I read that your body does a lot of its digestion while you're sleeping and uses a lot of bile at that time. My stomachaches were always in the morning around 5 am. Talk about depressing and the makings for a long day. By the time I was done in the bathroom after a few hours and several trips and lots of cramps I felt worn out and sad and empty. It was hard to get going for the day. Many days I would just cry. The carafate has stopped all of that. My bowel movements are no longer loose, but actually kind of too hard, but a nice change.
I've read it takes 6 to 8 weeks to really notice the benefits of carafate. I totally agree with that. I will be taking it as a maintenance drug probably for the rest of my life. There really are no bad side effects and it is safe during pregnancy.
I think it is possible to have excess acid or acid reflux with bile reflux. I was on prevacid for that with the carafate, but experienced extreme bloat with that. I have weaned myself off the prevacid and those problems went away. My appetite had improved. I think I had no acid in my stomach and my food would just sit there and not empty out and I would never get hungry. I don't know, just my theory. I had the upper endoscopy and was diagnosed with GERD, but I never had heartburn. The only time I had that was when I was pregnant. I don't really believe that I have acid reflux and if I do, maybe the carafate takes care of that too. Were you diagnosed through an upper endoscopy? The reason I ask is because if you have an acid problem they should have been able to see it during your procedure.
Sorry for the long post. My kids kept interrupting me so I hope it makes sense and there aren't too many typos.