Hiatal Hernia Support Group

Hiatus hernia or hiatal hernia is the protrusion (or hernia) of the upper part of the stomach into the thorax through a tear or weakness in the diaphragm. The symptoms include acid reflux, pains, similar to heartburn, in the chest and upper stomach. In most cases, sufferers experience no discomfort and no treatement is required.

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Carafate for Hiatal hernia

I just wanted to let everyone know about Carafate. It is a wonder drug for hiatal hernia and is also good for ulcers. I've noticed no one really has spoken of it here and I thought I should because it is cost efficient where others are not and does a fantastic job.

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deleted_user
deleted_user

I agree with you; this drug is very effective and seems it has hardly any side effects. YOu can place the pill in water if it causes problesm going down... my gastro doc told me this, because at times the pill gets stuck in th eback of my throat...
Thank you for posting this!
roseypeach
roseypeach

I had the same problem! After I was trying to take it for a few weeks I went to see my doc and that was when he suggested to dissolve it in water. Thanks for bringing that up, I should have included that info in my post. Cheers!
deleted_user
deleted_user

Thanks for the great infor.,will check this out w/my Dr.
God Bless, val
deleted_user
deleted_user

I was on it for years and chewed it up, its a chalk substance to coat your esophagus and stomach to help from destorying the tissues, I was told not to take it for years and years. My barretts cleared up so I went off of it, when my acid starts acting up and throat starts burning I use it again for just a little while. ITs cheap cause its just chalk coating.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I do continue to take my PPIS and gaviscon or mylanta when needed. Though PPIS keeps your body from absorming calcium and osteoporsis is setting in,
deleted_user
deleted_user

I am taking it too but not having alot of luck...I am going to try to disolve the pills first. hard to take. and they didnt seem to relieve pain. not having acid reflux any more but still have pain..i am worried about osteoperorsis as i already have the beginning of it....
GiggyG
GiggyG

I love Carafate and if I could I would send it a hug. It has been a lifesaver for me!

DX with gerd, hiatal hernia, colitis and ulcers in stomach and colon (10/15/08).
NYyankeedeb
NYyankeedeb

never heard of it...but thanks for the info...I will mention it to my stomach dr on the 12th....hugs
NYyankeedeb
NYyankeedeb

Hi again I just looked Carafate up and for those of yous that have problems swollowing there is a liquid form of the medicine you can take instead....
deleted_user
deleted_user

Thank you for the information. I'm having both upper and lower GI scopes done on the 18th and will ask if this is appropriate if they show I need medicated.

Loving Kindness
deleted_user
deleted_user

hi there... a question for all...

I've been reading the posts about Carafate and would like to try it to see if it helps with the twinges on my ribs and Hiatal Hernia. But the gastro wants to do an endoscope first without trying anything. Do you think it's worth bringing this up with my gen. internist? It's pretty much in NJ that we get referrals for specialists when I think most of us would really rather just have the gp try different meds before testing.

Hugs to all!
deleted_user
deleted_user

Hi all, I was hoping there would be more posts about Carafate but most are from a year ago. If you're taking Carafate now or have in the past would you post your comments about it? I've started taking it this week and am very hopeful for it helping with the pain in my ribs and hiatal hernia. Many thanks