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Can respiratory infection while on AMOXI-CLAV 875 cause hemorrhaging from rectum?

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Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis

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Posted on Tue, 5 Jun 2018 in General Health
Question: MY HUSBAND WAS BROUGHT TO HOSPITAL YESTERDAY HEMORAGHING FROM RECTUM. SO BAD HE NEEDED 2 UNITS OF BLOOD. TESTING DID NOT SHOW REASON. HE HAD A RESPIRATORY INFECTION AND AMOX-CLAV875 WAS PRESCRIBED AND WONDER IF IT COULD BE THE CAUSE.
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis 39 minutes later
Brief Answer:
it's possible

Detailed Answer:
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although it is possible it's not very likely. Antibiotics may cause colitis and colitis may present with bleeding but other causes are more likely like an angiodysplasia, diverticulosis, ischemic colitis, bleeding hemorrhoids, etc. Antibiotics may also alter the normal flora of the colon and affect the bleeding time particularly to patients who use coumarinic anticoagulants (therefore making bleeding last for longer than usual).

Another important potential cause of major bleeding from the rectum includes upper gastrointestinal bleeding. This kind of bleeding is the most dangerous one, as it may rapidly cause fatal blood loss and all the associated symptoms (low blood pressure, fast heart rate, fainting, etc but upper gastrointestinal symptoms might be present as well like hematemesis, burning pain on the epigastrium, etc).

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