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Question: black stool


 rollups - Sat Oct 27, 2007 4:03 pm

I am 72 years old, female.
I am having black stools. And the smell is horrible. I take iron pills. Could this be the reason why I have black stools.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat Oct 27, 2007 4:26 pm

User avatar Hi Rollups,

Iron pills can cause some black coloration to the stool; however, it may also be due to blood in the stool. I would recommend you see your doctor to have this evaluated and be sure everything is OK.

Best wishes.

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