Is Carafate (sucralfate) also good at healing esophageal damage from acid reflux?

No really. Carafate (sucralfate) is good at helping ulcers heal. If you have ulceration in your esophagus from acid reflux, then it might help. If you just have inflammation (aka "reflux esophagitis") then carafate (sucralfate) is generally a waste of time and money. It's really difficult to take (4 times per day) so I only advise my patients in whom I suspect ulcers to take carafate (sucralfate).

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Is 40 mg of pantoprazole NA twice a day to much? My PA at the VA prescribed this for my acid reflux plus SUCRALFATE 1GM tab

Maximum. 40mg twice daily of Pantoprazole is the max, very high dose. Why was it prescribed? Usually this dosing, as well as the Sucralafate, is reserved for patients with documented ulcers or other severe symptoms. What was the reason for prescribing it? Read more...

Can Sucralfate be taken long term by patients at a risk of esophogus cancer due to acid reflux?

Yes but (answer #2) Sucralfate is adjunctive therapy that likely forms a coating over damaged tissue, in theory protecting the area from further injury. No drug is perfect however, so long-term safety and efficacy here may not achieve your goal. Read more...

I have acid reflux & have taken Carafate, Dexilant, (dexlansoprazole) Tums and Zantac, but I had to stop all the medications due to side effects. What should I do now?

Lifestyle. There may be some lifestyle issues you can modify to lessen the problems you have with reflux. The chemicals in coffee, tea & some sodas (caffeine) or it's cousin nicotine (smokers) all keep the stomach entrance from closing tightly. Removing them from your life can help.Not reclining for at least an hour after a meal or large beverage can also. Read more...

I hear the mayo clinic had a new treatment for acid reflux. This consisted of a magnet bead type ring placed around the esophagus. Good idea?

If it works, yes. For many the alternative is a lifetime of taking acid reducers so if this stops acid and/or food from backing up from the stomach to the esophagus by recreating a pressure gradient, it sounds useful. Read more...