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Reasons for green coloured stools - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have been having green colored stool for the past three days. Other than a change in color my bowel movements are normal. Over the past week I have
1) eaten an excessive amount of m&m's
2)started a one a day multivitamin
3)started to take saw palmetto for an enlarged prostate
I am not sure if any of those may have contributed to the change in stool color but those three things were changed prior to having the green stool.
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   i am Dr here\
Doctor :   give me a min , let me read your query
Doctor :   are you there ?
User :   yes
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please
User :   51, male
Doctor :   do you any other complaints ? or its just the color of your stools ? i mean any diarrhea ?
Doctor :   or change in consistency of your stools
User :   no other symptoms or complaints. consistency is the same. no diarrhea
Doctor :   have you recently changed your diet ?
User :   i started adding more fruit as well as pumkin/sunflower seeds. other than that, my diet is the same.
Doctor :   well dont worry at all
Doctor :   eating too much fruits and vegetables can cause light green stool or even dark green stool. The levels of chlorophyll in most green plants actually turn the color of your stool.
User :   how long should I give it before seeing my doctor
Doctor :   For the most part green in stool symptoms are not life-threatening or anything serious
Doctor :   even taking vitamins can cause it
Doctor :   it will go by it self
User :   do you believe taking the saw palmetto might have anything to do with the green stool
Doctor :   yes it can be a cause
User :   and the mulitvitamin as well even though it does not contain iron?
Doctor :   yes
User :   should i stop taking these supplements and see if the stool color returns to normal?
Doctor :   yes you can try that
Doctor :   i am sure you will see the change
Doctor :   its nothing serious
User :   if it does continue, can you suggest my next course of action?
Doctor :   then it would be wise to get a stool examination done
Doctor :   from the lab
User :   thank you
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