I've been prescribed 20 mg capsules of omeprazole to be taken once per day and 10 ml liquid Carafate to be taken twice daily. I've been getting up, taking my omeprazole, waiting 30 mins and then taking my Carafate. Then I wait another hour before I eat. I take my second dosage of Carafate an hour before I eat dinner. Is this okay? Instructions online say not to take other meds within 2 hours of Carafate but also say to take omeprazole 30 mins before taking Carafate. Is there a way I could better structure the schedule for the medicines to work better? Thank you.
How should I take my omeprazole and Carafate?
Question posted by Ella13 on 14 Aug 2016
Last updated on 25 October 2016 by suzanne66
Carafate is best taken on empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
Because Carafate makes it harder for the body to absorb other medications do not take any medicines within 2 hours before or after you take Carafate.
Omeprazole is best taken before eating (at least 1 hour before a meal).
You could try taking the omeprazole an hour before breakfast - as soon as you wake up.
Then the first Carafate dose mid-morning (2 hours after breakfast)
Then the second Carafate dose just before bed (2 hours after dinner)
It sounds as though you are structuring the schedule just fine! The only minor point I would make is that Carafate can diminish the absorption of things as far as two hours after takings. So... if you're having problems with vitamin absorption... or gas... then you may wish to space things out a bit. If not, then the medications are likely doing their job.
Applause to you for taking the care to read you medication directions--and follow them-- so well!!!
P.S. The instructions for omeprazole (Prilosec) are more accurate. Carafate works by forming a coating across the digestive system, so you need to take other pills either 30 minutes before the Carafate or 2 hour afterward to get the most effect from all medications. :-)
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