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A 34-year-old male asked:

im having a colonoscopy on october 14th. it says to not take iron for 2 weeks. does that mean supplements or the food i eat?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Supplements.: Iron supplements can cause your stool to be black, thick and difficult to clear. This could cause the doc to miss something or even worse to have to abort and reschedule your procedure! You wouldn't want that.

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