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Does Iron Supplements Cause Black Stools
Effective treatment for anemia is generally taking an iron supplement by mouth. Iron pills are large and difficult for some women to swallow. If so, you can usually break them in half and have one half with breakfast and the other with lunch. Drink a lot of water and eat foods that are high in fiber as iron can be constipating. You doctor may also prescribe ...Read more
Test: Test stool for occult blood, that will give you answer about bleeding or not. ...Read more
I was on 65mg iron supplements and had black stool. Suddenly my stool is no longer black. Does that mean I am no longer absorbing it all & take more?
I was taking iron supplements and my stools were black. They are suddenly back to normal. Does this mean I'm no longer absorbing all of the iron?
No...: Intestinal iron absorption is poor to start with and oral iron supplements commonly discolor the stool black. The color changes of your stool while on oral iron supplements does not correlate with the efficiency of absorption. Your serum iron levels and hemogloblin are the most accurate markers of absorption. ...Read more
How do you know the difference between black stool from iron supplement or bleeding? Normal brown stool before iron pills were started. Should I worry
Black stool causes:
It is likely that your black stools are from Iron supplement because you had Normal brown stools before iron pills were started.
Upper GI bleeding can have dark blood in stools.
If you have history of Ulcer, abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea, please see Gastroenterologist for Diagnosis and Treatment. Discuss need for iron supplement. ...Read more
DARK STOOLS: Ironsupplements cause change in color of the stools from dark to black in most. . Actually according to universaty of maryland it is a desirable side effect, as it means that the if stool does not turn black in color, that means the iron is not getting absorped. This often happens with coated tablets or supplement intended for long term use. If stool does not turn black ask doctor to change brand. ...Read more
Had Yellow stool for almost 4months with no other symptoms, it turned to dark green 3days ago, no iron supplements Should I worry?
Define melena: Melena, by definition, is passage of dark stools stained with denatured blood. As we established in prior healthtap answers, all dark stool is not melena. Your doctor, or even an over-the-counter test that you can purchase, can check to see if your dark stool contains blood. Needed is for you to provide a sample of the dark stool. False positive results can occur based on diet & stool additives. ...Read more
Stool has been green since I started iron supplements and eating dark green leafy foods to take my level from 9.6 to 12.0 -16.9 range. Good or bad????
Stop: The iron for 7-10 days, see what happens. Restart, see what happens. HRS, MD, FACC www. Thepmc. Org ...Read more
Hi, when I passed a stool today and when wiping found the residue to be dark green/grey but the stool was relatively hard when I passed it but I am not on iron supplements. Is this OK?
Stool color: Can be affected by what you ate 1-3 days before. Or any medicine that could potentially affect your digestive process. A greenish color may also signify some bilirubin build up from liver issues, but certainly if you have persistent issues with indigestion, abdominal discomfort, pain, bleeding or nausea/vomiting then it would be wise for you to see a healthcare provider soon. ...Read more
My 13 month old passed two dark grey stools today. He is acting fine, good appetite, no fever. He takes an iron supplements per his pediatrician.
Close Monitoring: Stool color can vary greatly based on dietary composition. Iron supplements can cause stools to darken in color. Your child's past medical history is important to know but was not given here. Since only 2 atypical stools noted and child doing well, should closely monitor child/stools. If new symptoms appear, see doctor ASAP. Otherwise, discuss with doctor in 2 wks if color change persists. ...Read more
Can iron supplements cause black lines on teeth? Today I noticed jagged line on front tooth I have never seen before and I look every day
Definitely yes,: Iron supplement tend to stain the teeth. This very common side effect, but the good news, this stain can be professionally removed during your next dental cleaning. Take care. ...Read more
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
Yes, possibly: There may be taste changes with taking iron supplements... Are you taking them just as a supplement? Or in treatment of a true iron deficiency. If you are getting too much iron - side effects may be worse. Check with your md before taking too much iron. The other main side effect of iron supplementation is constipation - very important to take with at least 60-80 oz water a day and fiber! ...Read more
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
What are treatments for idiopathic anemia sideroblastica when iron supplements do not work? Still no cause found but possible absorption problem. Thanks
Transfusion?: In sideroblastic anemia, the body has iron available but can not incorporate it into hemoglobin which is needed to transport oxygen. It can be genetic (likely not in your case), acquired as a type of myelodysplastic syndrome, or the result of alcohol overuse, pyridoxine/B6 deficiency, lead poisoning, etc. Transfusion may be necessary; high dose B6 may be tried. Severe: bone marrow transplant. ...Read more
Possibly: Oral iron supplements do not cause skin color changes. Iron injections into muscle or skin can result is iron deposits in the skin causing color change locally at the site of injection. If your skin is changing color all over, however, and you are iron deficient, you should be seeing your doctor since some rare skin changes like color change are a distant manifestation rarely of a hidden cancer. ...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. Don't take iron med etc?
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
What causes my high blood iron levels? I'm slightly above the upper limit of normal. Eat next to no meat. No iron supplements. Female. Was anemic years ago
Probably: If so the stool is really very dark green--more likely if there are no other symptoms. Stop taking it and it should resolve with in a few days. ...Read more
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