I have been prescribed Carafate 1 GM tab for gastritis. I don't know when I should take my morning dose. The instructions say to take it 30 minutes to 1 hour before meals. Would coffee with half and half be considered the meal, or would the food I eat approximately an hour later?
Can I take Carafate after or with morning cofee?
Question posted by WandaKathleen on 30 Aug 2010
Last updated on 12 June 2022
You should not be drinking any type of coffee including decaf if you’re treating ulcers or have gastritis. I’ve been told by my GI doctor that I can take sucralfate any time of day with or without food and told by the pharmacist to take it with food but read in the pamphlet to take it one hour before eating or two hours after. I know this is not helpful, but I’ve got three different answers from three different sources. I have read that taking sucralfate with food makes it bind to the food it can cause a bowel obstruction because it causes constipation, so I am now using it on an empty stomach . I take 500 mg of magnesium at bedtime and usually go to the bathroom in the morning and normally this is too much for me . It does cause headaches and causes nausea in the beginning and it also caused back pain in the beginning but I have had 11 spinal surgeries. The new back pain has subsided but I’m having severe leg pain that I’ve had in the past but it’s so pronounced now with sucralfate.
If you are using Carafate please do not drink coffee, either regular or decaf. Both are acidic, and will irritate your stomach. Take it with a full glass of plain water.
I'm sorry to tell you, but you should not be drinking coffee at all. It is an irritant to the lining of the stomach. Also, depending on the cause of your gastritis, you should probably go easy on the fats (half and half), too. But, to answer your actual question, you should wait at least an hour before you ingest anything.
I called the pharmacist she told me no food or drink for two hours before taking carafate and one hour after so three hours total. Do as I do set the alarm 1 hour before you want to get up have your dose on the night stand take it and go back to sleep for an hour. Then you can enjoy your coffee right when you wake.
Since coffee generates a lot of acid in the stomach would'nt it work at cross-purposes with the carafate and lose some of its effectiveness for your gastritis?
Coffee should perhaps or is considered to be a beverage not a meal, however it would be better to seek medical advice from the doc/pharmacist who prescribed the med. Take care, be well & safe!
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