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bleeding stomach ulcer!
Jul 28, 2010

I am currently on atripla, losec, Today was the second time i threw up blood. It was red liguid as well as red mucus! I am worried. I have a dry cough that causes me to gag often...I think that is hurting my stomach. I have a dull pain in my stomach as well. What should I do?? Do I need to see a doctor? My cd4 is 1000 and undetectable. Poz for 18 years. Please advise!

thanks!

JB

Response from Dr. Henry

You need an upper GI evaluation for H pylori infection, ulcer and other possible conditions. Often an upper endoscopy is recommended if there is concern about a bleeding ulcer or severe gastritis, esophagitis. Atripla rarely causes that category of problems which are common in general population. Anti-acid drugs such as losec can help but a correct diagnosis is crucial to then prescribe best treatment. KH



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