Sucralfate use after GB removal experiences - anyone get relief using it?

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Looking for any and all experience stories with the use of Sucralfate. I am in the US and my doc prescribed this.

Would love to hear real life experiences with it. I am 8 weeks post GB removal, dealing with reflux and sour belly.

Thanks in advance all!

Heather

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    I take Carafate suspension and have been for about 9 months. I don't like it and wish I didn't have to take it, but I want to get well. I take it 4 times a day either one hour before I eat or two hours after. I don't take it with other mds. The only way for me to work it out is to carry a bottle in the car.

    Good luck!

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      Nancy a couple questions if you don't mind.

      What are your symptoms? Is it helping you? I ask because you say you want to get well...

      What side effects ?

      Thanks! Heather

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      I had my gall bladder out 22 months ago.  All was good for two months, and then I became as sick as I have ever been. That went on for about a year before I went into the hospital. It was then that the doctor precribed Carafate suspension and Welchol.  That was over 9 months ago. Very slowly I began to improve, but I don'r know how much I can attribute to Carafate. I also started taking an appetite enhancer and was able to eat. I had lost from 138 to 113 was dehydrated and malnourished. I think being able to eat was the biggest help.

      I am now able to leave the house, drive and do many of the things that I was not able to do. I am far from 100% and can only hope that I will get there.

      I don't want to stop the meds and will continue to take them until I do get to 100%. They are inconvenient, but I don't think I have any side effects from them. I understand that Carafate by-passes the liver and that most people tolerate it well.

      My diagnosis is atypical reflux, bile and gastritis. I had no idea that having my gallbladder removed would lead to this. Apparently some people for whatever reason react like I have. Symptoms and recovery time vary from person to person.

      My advice to you is to do what your doctor tells you to do, be sure to eat and drink and stay positive. You will get through this.

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      Nancy ~ I can't thank you enough for taking the time to respond! So glad you are getting better!! I pray that you get to 100%!

      I finally after GB removal do not have constipation issues. I do not have the diarrhea that most people suffer with at all, actually I have never been more regular. I heard that carafate can cause constipation and do not want that but I need to be able to eat. I am only 96 lbs as it is. I have a kidney autotransplant last year and went from 105 lbs to 96 lbs. it's been a hell of a couple of years.

      Nancy, again thank you for your replies!!

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    It's usually given to treat the lining of the stomach, since you have sour stomach, acid is high. Watch your diet especially while waiting for GB surgery. Please see  on patient info  GB diet. Learn the triggers that set the pain off will also help. 

    hope you find relief soon. 

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