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How do medications treat upper GI bleeding?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Once a doctor has determined the cause of upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding, there may be some medications used to treat it. During an endoscopy, it is possible for a doctor to treat the areas that are bleeding with medication, delivering it through the endoscopic tube. However, since upper GI bleeding is usually caused by something else, treating that condition with medication is important as well. Medications are available to treat infections and ulcers that have damaged the GI tract lining to the point of causing upper GI bleeding. There is a chance that some drugs can actually be part of the problem with upper GI bleeding, so your doctor can give you guidance with that.

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