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A 26-year-old female asked:

Good day, my stool is black and i have been taking iron supplements as well, my stool also smells of blood. what could be the problem?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Some thoughts: Iron supplements will darken stool color as a side effect7 may effect the smell. The only way to tell if this is due to blood would be to have the stool analyzed.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Stool: Iron supplements can cause stool to become grayish black or greenish black. Black, tarry, malodorous stool can be caused from blood in stool. A stool guiac could determine if there is or is not blood in your stool.
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