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I am passing blood. I have been taking naproxen a year. I

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I am passing blood. I have been taking naproxen for over a year. I have no stomach pain. I feel fine. I have stop taking the naproxen. What can I do to heal the stomach?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


If you are passing blood it is likely from the colon, if it is red blood.

Blood in the stool from the stomach is tarry.

You need an immediate exam from your doctor.

Passing blood is not a self help situation.

A number of problems, ulcer, diverticulosis, cancer...can pass blood.

Some can bleed out.

You should have had two colonoscopies for screening by now, if not, this needs to be arranged.

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Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Naproxen is anti inflammatory can cause stomach bleeding from ulcers.

This can be treated with over the counter Omeprazole 20 mg twice daily for 8 weeks.

However, you should see your doctor for clinical evaluation as well.

Please naproxen, ibuprofen aspirin as they all can cause bleeding.

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