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What's the best treatment to get rid of black stools?

What's the best treatment to get rid of black stools?

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

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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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Could it be something bad if I have black stools?

Could it be something bad if I have black stools?

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

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Might eating oreos cause you to have black stools?

Might eating oreos cause you to have black stools?

No: If you have black, tarry malodorous stool please seek prompt medical attention for possible GI bleeding. ...Read more

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I have had black stools for the passed 8 weeks, what could be wrong?

I have had black stools for the passed 8 weeks, what could be wrong?

Possible melena: It could be a reaction to medication. However, if it is black, sticky and foul smelling it could be due to gastrointestinal bleeding. That requires prompt medical eval. ...Read more

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Is occassional black stool common?

Is occassional black stool common?

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

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What should I do if I have black stool?

What should I do if I have black stool?

Black stool: Take no blood thinner, plavix, (clopidogrel) Aspirin and see your docotr asap to rule out bleeding. Did you eat beets? ...Read more

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What is the reason for having black stools?

What is the reason for having black stools?

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

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Black stool, is it really black or just dark?

Black stool, is it really black or just dark?

Melena = black: When concerned about melena from GI blood loss, the stool is tarry black. If concerned ask your doctor to check your stool for blood. ...Read more

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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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Is black stool after colonoscopy normal?

Is black stool after colonoscopy normal?

Probably not, but...: 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

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