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why is my stool a very dark brown black color?

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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 ingestion of charcoal.
Answered on Jun 17, 2020

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