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Can Zantac affect stool? Stool appeared dark, but I wouldn't say black or tarry.

Can Zantac affect stool? Stool appeared dark, but I wouldn't say black or tarry.

Usually not : Zantac usually does not affect the color of stool. It may cause slightly looser stools. If you are taking Zantac for problems with stomach and you are having dark stools need to checked by a gastroenterology doctor yo rule out an ulcer ...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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What doea greasy jet black stool mean?

What doea greasy jet black stool mean?

Dark-colored stool: 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. Silver-colored stool suggests bleeding from the biliary tree. Get checked. ...Read more

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Can GI bleed turn only half the stool black... When melena enters toilet water does it turn the water red or black...Can melena be solid?

Can GI bleed turn only half the stool black... When melena enters toilet water does it turn the water red or black...Can melena be solid?

Yea: Melena can be intermittent. It does not tend to change the color of the water. It can be associated with constipation known as (tarry stool). Diarrhea occurs usually if there is an active acute bleeding, which is usually bright red. ...Read more

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Did black chocolate makes black stool please. Answer me?

Chocolate is not: Known for causing black stool. Notice that you suffer from cramping, abdominal pain ; weakness. If you have black, tarry, malodorous stool it could be due to GI bleeding. Please seek medical care if this is the case. Take care. ...Read more

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Would eating about blueberries turn your stool dark?

Would eating about blueberries turn your stool dark?

Maybe...but: Yes (as answered previously on healthtap), depending on amount of blueberries consumed, other ingestants, & transit time of your gut. However dark stools may also & more significantly indicate bleeding from some site in the GI tract, or ingested blood. Please don't ignore this possibility. A check of hemoccult or equivalent should be performed, & if positive a GI work-up should be undertaken soon. ...Read more

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Gi contrast cause dark black stool?

Gi contrast cause dark black stool?

Please talk to your: Dr. I don't believe that barium contains bismuth or iron which could cause stool to become black. If the bowel movements are black., sticky & malodorous - this could be due to a GI bleed & would require prompt medical evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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Will stool turn dark brown when drink black coffee?

Will stool turn dark brown when drink black coffee?

Too much coffee?: 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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Sons 9 months fairly lethargic, has dirrhea thats watery & lite brown, this evening its turned black/dark brown 2x. No food or color fluids. Normal?

Sons 9 months fairly lethargic, has dirrhea thats watery & lite brown, this evening its turned black/dark brown 2x. No food or color fluids. Normal?

Lethargy & diarrhea : Lethargy & diarrhea means your baby is dehydrated & weak, please take him to ER ASAP. At the mean time give him small sips of pedialyte until he gets checked in the ER I hope he gets better soon. ...Read more

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Newborn stool green creamy watery.Fart very smelly.Hard for him to push stool & fart cuz face turn red & interrupt his sleep.Eat powder formula+breast?

Newborn stool green creamy watery.Fart very smelly.Hard for him to push stool & fart cuz face turn red & interrupt his sleep.Eat powder formula+breast?

Newborn stool: It is very common for newborns to push, grunt and have their face turn red when trying to have a stool. The green stool may be due to the formula he is drinking, from the iron tablets you are taking or just be normal. ...Read more

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Brother suggests black cookies like oreos can make your stool dark asnight.My stool is black as black could be. Ate about 40 in 3 hours.This possible?

Brother suggests black cookies like oreos can make your stool dark asnight.My stool is black as black could be. Ate about 40 in 3 hours.This possible?

Black stool usually: Means melena, which means bleeding from upper GI tract. I suppose black food can make your stools black if you eat enough of it, but don't take that chance. Get your stool tested for occult blood. If you are bleeding from your GI tract, it is something serious. Get to emergency dept now. ...Read more

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Will blueberries turn fecal material black?

Will blueberries turn fecal material black?

I have seen : Blueberries turn stool red. (i raked blueberries part of one summer) if you have black, tarry, foul smelling stool please seek medical evaluation promptly. ...Read more

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I'm seeing black dots floating around, is something wrong?

I'm seeing black dots floating around, is something wrong?

See an eye doctor: This starts to occur at a certain age in many people where they see "floaters". Depending on degree your eye doc will have possible solutions for you. ...Read more

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Child 8 no appetite weight loss dizzy episodes grey skin colour changes blue lips then ok again, having funny spells vision blacks out dark sunk eyes?

Child 8 no appetite weight loss dizzy episodes grey skin colour changes blue lips then ok again, having funny spells vision blacks out dark sunk eyes?

Distress.: The child sounds in distress and needs to be taken to ER immediately. There are many possibilities such as juvenile diabetes, cardiac or lung problems, infection, thyroid issues, adrenal crisis etc. but the child needs IV fluid and immediate work-up and most likely hospitalization. Don't delay. ...Read more

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Can someone who is colorblind watch a 3d movie?

Can someone who is colorblind watch a 3d movie?

Not a problem: Most color blind individuals have normal acuity and normal stereoscopic vision. They might miss some of the color spectrum differences but they will see the depth. you might be thinking of the type of 3-D (not used any more in movies) in which a red/green or a red/blue eye glass is used to see the depth. This will still work for a color deficient viewer. ...Read more

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What is melena?

What is melena?

Blood in stool: Melena is dark, tarry, bowel movement with a characteristic odor that comes about from digested blood in the stool. Classically considered a sign of an "upper GI bleed, " (a bleeding ulcer or other bleeding from the mouth, esophagus, stomach, or duodenum), it can occur also from bleeding from the small intestine or even the right side of the colon. It always warrants prompt medical attention. ...Read more

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What is melena?

What is melena?

Blood in stool: Melena means dark blood in the stool, usually coming from before the large intestine. Hematochezia is bright red blood in the stool, usually coming from somewhere lower in the GI tract. Either should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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How melena can be cure?

How melena can be cure?

First need: To confirm this is true melena, then a full GI workup will identify the source and allow a treatment plan to be offered to "cure" the melena. See a GI doctor for your work up. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have melena?

How to tell if I have melena?

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

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What are the symptoms of melena?

Melena : Is a symptom or sign of GI bleeding usually from the upper intestinal area, usually the stomach. It is not normal and needs prompt evaluation by a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: melena?

What is the definition or description of: melena?

Blood in stool: 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 in the GI tract. ...Read more

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What happens if I do got melena and don't do anything does it heal on its own?

This is serious, Ray: If you're having black, tarry stools, get to the emergency room NOW. If your stools are merely a little bit black and a little bit loose, get with your personal physician soon -- it's likely to be a bleeding ulcer. If your stools are merely black but well-formed, perhaps you've taken an iron pill or a bismuth tablet. How do you FEEL? Thanks for asking and hope this gets solved. ...Read more

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I think I do have melena please help me what do I do it have all the symptoms?

I think I do have melena please help me what do I do it have all the symptoms?

NOT good if 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. Stop any nsaid's you're taking & call your doctor right away 4 evaluation. ...Read more

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If someone has melena, can he wait to see if it stops by the next day, or does he have to go to the e.R.?

ER: Black stools can be from taking iron, pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) or intestinal bleeding. It may be serious if not from ingested medicines.Consultation with a physician and subsequent tests are needed. ...Read more

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What is melena, and how do you prevent it?

A serious finding: Melena is blood that originates in the stomach or first part of your intestine and changes to a black, tar-like substance as it is passed as stool. It means you are bleeding and should seek the care of a doctor immediately. One prevents it by preventing the causes of bleeding in the stomach, namely ulcers or gastritis. ...Read more

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Difference between melena ,hematochezia and dtsentery?

Bowel issues: Melena is black, tarry, stool with digested blood in it. Hematochezia is bright red blood per rectum and dysentery is diarrhea-usually caused from a bacteria. ...Read more

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Why antibiotic is indicated in melena?

Why antibiotic is indicated in melena?

See below: Melena is a descriptive term to describe black/tarry stools. Treatment for melena is dependent on the cause. Not sure why antibiotics were prescribed, but if you have questions, then asking them of the prescribing physician is appropriate. ...Read more

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Aspirin safe if melena symptom?

Aspirin safe if melena symptom?

NO!: Absolutely not . It's an absolute contraindication. ...Read more

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Does menstrual periods cause melena?

Does menstrual periods cause melena?

Menstrual blood : Can be black (deoxygenated) when old. But melena is when black, tarry, malodorous stool comes from the rectum. If you have rectal bleeding please be assessed. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have melena (blood in my intestines)?

How can I tell if I have melena (blood in my intestines)?

Stool test 4 blood: Melena is commonly used to refer to old blood in the stool, giving it a characteristic blackish color and noticeable smell, as any nurse/med student can tell you. A simple stool test for hidden blood (guiac or hemoccult) can differentiate it from other possible causes and lead to prompt evaluation if needed, or reassurance if not! ...Read more

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Should a person fast after melena(due to corticosteroids) to let the upper GI tract heal?

Please talk to MD: Melena is a sign of internal bleeding and needs to be evaluated by your doctor or in the er immediately. ...Read more

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Can your stool contain partial melena? This AM, stool was primarily light brown, but few pieces were very, very dark brown. What distinguishes melena?

Can your stool contain partial melena? This AM, stool was primarily light brown, but few pieces were very, very dark brown. What distinguishes melena?

No: Melina is blood in the stool. It is determined by a test on the stool. Since the stool all goes through the same tube it would be positive through a sample. ...Read more

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What to do if my mother is 71 years old and suffered melena yesterday?

See a doctor: Melena - black stools - can be caused by iron pills or pepto bismal and others. So, unless it is a continuing problem, don't worry. However, upper intestinal bleeding does cause melena. Stomach ulcers, polyps, inflammation, and many other things can result in melena. Do see a doctor. An upper GI series or an endoscopy can easily detect a problem - almost all are easily treated. Peter wilk, md. ...Read more

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