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Can iron pills make stools smell metallic?

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Posted on Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Question: Can iron pills make stools smell metallic, I took an iron pill this moring and also drank some coffee today and my other stools were ok, they were light brown colored.My last bowl movement was muddy and smell real metallic. Please advise.
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Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Yes

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thank you so much for this query.

Iron pills generally cause black stools and makes them smell just like iron. What you have reported is typical of someone who is on iron tablets. There is no need to get worried about this unless something else like blood in stools or pains in the intestines comes up.

In all, this is most likely caused by the iron tablets. There is no need to get worried unless you develop some new symptoms.

I hope this helps.. Ii wish you well and thank you so much for using our services. Feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be.
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Can iron pills make stools smell metallic?

Brief Answer: Yes Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you so much for this query. Iron pills generally cause black stools and makes them smell just like iron. What you have reported is typical of someone who is on iron tablets. There is no need to get worried about this unless something else like blood in stools or pains in the intestines comes up. In all, this is most likely caused by the iron tablets. There is no need to get worried unless you develop some new symptoms. I hope this helps.. Ii wish you well and thank you so much for using our services. Feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be.