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Probiotics Black Stool
I've used: Several different probiotics and I have not heard of this, but of course there are so many different products, I can't say anything about the one you use. I like florastor or align and they do not cause black stool. Black stool can be from blood in your stomach from an ulcer or from use of pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) or other bismuth containing meds. If nop bismuth use you need to see your doctor for proper eval. ...Read more
Probiotics, by definition, are beneficial bacteria that live in our intestinal tract to help us maintain health intestines and colon. There are several species of these bacteria that are helpful to us including lactobacillus acidophilus. The meats we eat contain antibiotics that kill our natural bacteria that reside in our gut. Today, you will replace these ...Read more
Possibly: Black stools can indicate bleeding from the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It may represent blood that has been digested, turning the stool into a characteristic black, tarry stool. This may be from a stomach or duodenal ulcer. Medications can also turn the stool black, such as iron supplements and pepto-bismol. Should see your doctor. ...Read more
No: If you have black, tarry malodorous stool please seek prompt medical attention for possible GI bleeding. ...Read more
Black=blood.: While very few dietary ingredients and supplements can cause black stool, the finding of black stool should not be considered common, and could suggest bleeding from an upper gastrointestinal source. If it's common, then it should be investigated. Could be gastritis or an ulcer, for example. ...Read more
Possibly 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
Worthwhile: Have your doc to tell you and be done with it. ...Read more
Determine cause: Black stools could be due to iron supplements, bismuth antidiarrheal agent (e.g. Pepto bismol), or bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract or sometimes right side of the colon. Bleeding can cause black, sticky, smelly bowel movements. If not taking iron or busmuth, or it continues after stopping, it really is necessary to get seen and be sure there is not a serious but treatable cause.. ...Read more
Diet vs problem: The poo color is a reflection of either diet or what your body added to the stool as a waste product. A gray/black stool could be the pepto-bismol you ingested for belly problems or a worrisome sign of abnormal bleeding in the digestive process. Write down all you remember eating over 4-5 days. If no pepto, take the list & a list of any symptoms & review them wit your dr. ...Read more
Melena--get checked!: Black 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"). Unless you ingested blood from nose bleeds, bleeding gums, then you may have a signficant stomach source of hemorrhage. Get checked now! ...Read more
GI Bleeding?: Black stools can be caused by harmless things such as certain foods (e.g., blueberries, black licorice) or meds such as bismuth (pepto-bismol) or iron supplements. But it may be a sign of bleeding somewhere in your digestive tract, which can be serious (and doesn't always cause pain). If you haven't eaten these foods/meds & you're having black stools, or if you have vomiting or pain, see your dr. ...Read more
SCARY!!! SEE DR!: Ok, I don't want to freak you out -- but black stool is not normal (unless you're taking iron/peptobismol). Black stool = digested blood. This can be from bleeding anywhere from your lips to your mid-colon. At 41, have your stool checked for blood in your doctor's office, and if positive, see a surgeon/gi doc for upper and lower endoscopy (take telescopes & look in gut). See dr within a week! ...Read more
Peptobis Black stool: 33 from Balt asks is it possible for one 30 ml of peptobismol to be enough to cause black stools for 2 days. YES. But why taking it? If for abd pain then bleeding from an ulcer or cancer can also cause bloody stools. If an alcoholic bleeding varices can do it. You need to review with your team and have stool tested for blood. Failure to do this may result in you dying from a curable cancer. ...Read more
Not if melena: Melena is dark stools stained with denatured blood, but all dark stool is not melena. False positive hemoccult results can occur based on diet & stool additives. However, colonoscopy can result in bleeding due to biopsies, scope abrasion/trauma, post-polypectomy oozing, etc. By all means, call your colonoscopist now & alert them to your concern--they know your risks & will be eager to assist you.. ...Read more
Is it possible for there to be bleeding in your GI tract if you don't have bloody or black stools?
Yes: Small amounts of blood may not be readily perceptible but your doctor can check your stool for blood. ...Read more
Now am having black stool also. No blood seen now. Iam using medication for fissure and stool softners also?
Black stool: Black stool can be seen with bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract, taking iron, taking peptobismol or kaopectate. Bleeding from the anal or rectum would be bright red. Stool softeners don't cause black stool. A simple stool test in the doctor's office can detect occult blood. If stools are tarry and you feel weak, go to the hospital emergency room where prompt evaluation can be obtained. ...Read more
I have ablack stool during 2 month after birth my baby I have natural delivary is black stool is bad or not? What is reason
Most of the time black stool is not of concern.
Lots of things can make stool black - iron pills, pepto bismal, etc.
So unless it continues, don't worry.
However, bleeding from the upper intestinal track - ulcers, polyps, inflammation does turn stool black.
So, if it continues and you are not on iron post-delivery, do see a doctor. Tests can easily determine if you have a problem.
Peter wilk, md. ...Read more
My partner gets stomac pain a lot n his bowl motions change a lot from normal to loose and often has black stools what advice can u give?
See: His doctor for a thorough examination. Make sure your partner tells everything related to the illness to his doctor; no secrets and be honest for a proper evaluation. ...Read more
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
Ate 900ml of dark chocolate ice cream during the evening. Next day, stool was very, very dark. Almost black. Would this cause this or melena? Nervous.
I wouldn't worry too much about it. Melena is a recurring issue and due to small amounts of bleeding in the GI tract, not just a one time deal. It is caused by the oxidation of the iron (which is present in our blood cells) by our digestive enzymes. Sometimes there is food coloring in ice cream, which can definitely color your stool. Just keep an eye on it for now. ...Read more
Black stool: Are you taking iron/ peptobismol/ bismuth? All can cause black stool, as can blood in stool. Blood in stool is very serious and an emergency, can b a bleeding ulcer. F/U immediately with ER. ...Read more
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
Depends on your: Diet. If you eat beets or take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) or iron supplements occassionally and it is followed by a black stool, probably not but black stool without an obvious cause should not be ignored. It is not normal and may indicate a source of upper GI bleeding. See a GI doctor for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more
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