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A 53-year-old female asked:

husband has low iron and blood in poop he is an alcoholic?

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Related problems: The low iron is likely from blood loss & poor intake, both common in alcoholic. Multivitamin w/iron and more dk greens can help this, but make gastritis worse. Alcoholic gastritis common & needs abstinence to heal. Proton pump inhibitor can help. See GI specialist for eval & mgmt. May need detox pgm if heavy drinker to start treatment if willing. If not, will worsen.

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