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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Not sure: Black stools can be due to medications that contain either iron or bismuth, eating certain foods (like black licorice), Gastrointestinal bleeding or i ... Read More

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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
39 years experience Gastroenterology
Flat brown stool: The amount, color, frequency, shape of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications, supplements ingested, gut flora (uniqu ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Tarry? Sticky?: Foul smelling? - if yes then get it medically checked out to ensure that you don't have GI bleeding.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Traci Buxton
23 years experience Family Medicine
Probably not: Some foods cause your stool to change color but oreos should not cause the stool changes you describe. I wouldn't worry if this issue occurred 1 time, ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
24 years experience Family Medicine
It might..: It might be completely normal depending on what you ate. However, we would need to know what other symptoms you are presenting. If the stool turns bla ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
43 years experience General Surgery
No but stay alert: the color of stool reflect what you eat so most of the time nothing to worry about. rarely in older population could represent a slow bleeding in yo ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
59 years experience Internal Medicine
A simple stool: test obtained from your Primary Care Physician's Office will disclose any blood in your stool (which could explain the black stools) Otherwise your di ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Lori Lange
Specializes in Family Medicine
Perhaps: Without more information I would say Yes be worried. If you are concerned enough to write in I would go to a doctor and get a Fecal occult blood test ... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cynthia Guy
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Needs to be seen: Black stools are not normal. It could be from some type of food you are recently eating, but you need to be seen and evaluated for proper diagnosi ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
45 years experience Preventive Medicine
All brown colors: of stool are normal. Abnormally light stools ("clay-colored") may be due to reduced bile associated with liver disease. All dark brown stools are norm ... Read More

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