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Blackening of diarrhoea due to medication - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   How much Pepto-Bismol can cause black diarrhea?
Doctor :   Hio
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am Dr
Doctor :   How can I help you ?
User :   Hi, I'm .
User :   How much Pepto-Bismol can cause black diarrhea?
Doctor :   May I know a few more details about yourself and the problem you are facing ?
Doctor :   May I know your age please ?
Doctor :   And since when you are using this medication ?
User :   I am 48, have IBS, and have had two bowel resectionings for an accident I was in a long time ago. I started using it thins weekend, probably two per day, but I think it started prior to my taking it.
User :   this probably
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have any rash,hives or itching on any part of your skin ?
User :   No
Doctor :   How about any swelling in mouth or tongue ?
User :   nope
Doctor :   Any severe nausea or any severe constipation or vomitings ?
Doctor :   Do you have any other major side effect like tightness in breath, difficulty in breathing or ringing sensation in ears ?
User :   Not severe, but nausea and vomiting a few days ago. I usually have constipation.. no breathing or ringing issues
User :   I vomited a few days ago but have had nausea for over a week.
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Usually 2-3 days after the usage stool starts to become black or dark due to the bismol in the medication which is quite common
Doctor :   People who use Pepto-Bismol also have darkening of tongue which is very usual and common.
User :   It was during/before I started using it... no dark tongue...
Doctor :   But in your case history You have specifically added that you have had black or dark stools prior to taking medicine , Do you confirm that ?
User :   Yes. How long after taking it, should it clear up... Just in case I'm crazy... lol
Doctor :   Usually people on Pepto-Bismol have darkened stools for long periods on continuous use.
Doctor :   But I would like to know a few more facts pertaining to your problem ?
Doctor :   Can I go ahead ?
User :   Does it matter if it it's still pretty painful? I used a cuople pills for max three days,,, Sure
Doctor :   I have not understood your question , Are you mentioning about IBS ?
User :   I don't know if it's the IBS, but the last few days it has definitely been more painful... maybe even longer???
Doctor :   Ok
User :   A couple Pepto-Bs for three days..
Doctor :   The other causes for the Black stool may be Iron supplements ?
Doctor :   Are you taking any ?
Doctor :   Ok
User :   Nope
Doctor :   Have you had any blue berries ?
User :   No, I wish!!!
Doctor :   Or any Black Licorice ?
User :   No, but I like that too!
Doctor :   Then I strongly feel that you should go for Gastro consultation as it could be Melena or Blood in stool from Fore gut.
Doctor :   After melena is diagnosed, a physician may order other diagnostic tests to determine the cause and exact location of the bleeding. This could include x-rays, blood tests, colonoscopy, gastroscopy, stool culture, and barium studies.
Doctor :   You ahve complained of Pain and Black stool prior to taking Pepto-Bismol
Doctor :   So I would suggest A Gasto opinion.
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