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Suggest treatment for gouty arthritis, upset stomach and reduced food intake

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Posted on Fri, 22 May 2015
Question: My Dad is 82 yrs old with MM, gouty arthritis, diagnosed 3 months ago opted out chemotherapy. His complaining of upset stomach, hardly eat, not much liquid intake.
His stools is black with very strong odor for the past 2 days, is that indicate anything? Does he need to go to the hospital right away? Please help!

Thanks,
Vie
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Answered by Dr. S. Samanta (10 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
High chance of bleeding from a stomach ulcer...

Detailed Answer:
Hi! thanks for writing to us sharing your father's health problem.

Black malodorous stools are indicative of upper gut bleeding could be in stomach or duodenum and underlying causes are: painkillers, esophageal varices, gastric or duodenal ulcers, infections, liver disease/cirrhosis etc.

I would suggest to stop painkillers if any and opt for tramadol-based/steroid based painkillers and take pantoprazole like anti-ulcer medicines and sucralfate-like syrup for ulcer healing.

It is an emergency medical condition and regarding his age, he needs close monitoring and fluids/blood; please attend ER ASAP.

Feedback welcome; regards,
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Follow up: Dr. S. Samanta (17 minutes later)
Thank you so much Dr. Samanta for your quick response. Hospital is 2hrs away by boat. For the main time should I give him pantoprazole? or wait until we see the doctor?


Thanks,
Vie
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Answered by Dr. S. Samanta (8 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Sure!

Detailed Answer:
Hi! please give him oral rehydration solution as much as possible if he can take by mouth and also omeprazole 4 m or pantoprazole 40 mg by oral route ....

regards,
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Follow up: Dr. S. Samanta (4 hours later)
Dr. Samanta,

Thank you very much for your help! we will give him omeprazole 4mg as directed.
Should he take it once a day? with or without meal? He drinks 1/2 milk (insure gold) twice a day. What's the best liquid intake we can give him besides water? He also drinks ginger tea every meal, is that good for him?

Thank you again,
Vie
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Answered by Dr. S. Samanta (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Omeprazole 20 mg twice daily on empty stomach or 1 hr before foods

Detailed Answer:
Hi! 40 mg once daily or 20 mg twice daily, before foods or on empty stomach, with water.

the milk you mentioned is okay; any high calorie/glucose /semisolid mix foods are good for him.

ginger tea is okay.

Wishing him good health,
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Brief Answer: High chance of bleeding from a stomach ulcer... Detailed Answer: Hi! thanks for writing to us sharing your father's health problem. Black malodorous stools are indicative of upper gut bleeding could be in stomach or duodenum and underlying causes are: painkillers, esophageal varices, gastric or duodenal ulcers, infections, liver disease/cirrhosis etc. I would suggest to stop painkillers if any and opt for tramadol-based/steroid based painkillers and take pantoprazole like anti-ulcer medicines and sucralfate-like syrup for ulcer healing. It is an emergency medical condition and regarding his age, he needs close monitoring and fluids/blood; please attend ER ASAP. Feedback welcome; regards,