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Can iron in women cause black stools?

Can iron in women cause black stools?

Melena ?: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggests bleeding. When blood is denatured by acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums... Persistent melena (without obvious cause) & symptoms warrants md visit. ...Read more

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Melena (Definition)

Melina is blood in the stool that is black, tarry, sticky, and smelly. The blood in melena comes from high up in the gastrointestinal tract, and gets partially digested which is why it changes to melena. Bright red blood comes from lower ...Read more


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I get black stool once every 20days or a month..It doesn't smell v foul.It happens for one day n color is normal other days..Dont take iron med etc?

I get black stool once every 20days or a month..It doesn't smell v foul.It happens for one day n color is normal other days..Dont take iron med etc?

Possible bleeding: Black stools always rises the concerns about bleeding from the intestines, most commonly from the upper gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach or duodenum), but it could also come from the rest of small bowel and colon. You should seek medical attention and make sure it is not the case. Iron and peptobismol commonly cause black stools as well. ...Read more

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Taking Ferrex 150 BID- have dark greenish black stool and black specs when wiping. Is this from the iron pills?

Taking Ferrex 150 BID- have dark greenish black stool and black specs when wiping. Is this from the iron pills?

Ferrex: http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-17009/ferrex-150-oral/details#side-effects Iron pills do cause stool to turn black and may have black flecks. F/u/ w/ doc ...Read more

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I took 40mg Iron yesterday, and ate blueberries.My stool is black, but no bad odor at all. Melena or non-melena? Thank u

Black stool: Since only a small percentage of oral iron is absorbed, black stool is commonly seen in people taking iron. A simple test is to smudge a specimen of stool on a hemoccult card and drop a few drops of testing solution on it. This can be at a lab or physicians office. ...Read more

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I'm having black stools while taking iron tablets and folic acid is that normal please?

I'm having black stools while taking iron tablets and folic acid is that normal please?

Yes: Taking Iron supplements can result in stool changing to a dark color. This is normal. You may notice that you are becoming constipated. If so try using a stool softener. ...Read more

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Could the loose, black stool with ulcerative colitis be from the iron pills?

Could the loose, black stool with ulcerative colitis be from the iron pills?

Yes, or blood: Iron can turn the stools dark- but so can blood. You can pick up a test from your doctor to see if there is blood in them - please do that. ...Read more

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Help, I have black stool, but I do take iron supplements, should I be worried?

Help, I have black stool, but I do take iron supplements, should I be worried?

Check up: Iron will cause black stools which is likely to be the culprit here. But at 49 you are ready for your first colonoscopy so I would see your MD and discuss this with them . A simple test will rule out blood in the stool but since you are just about due for a GI workup ... ...Read more

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