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Is lactulose prescribed for black stools?

my father is 88 he states he feels he has a nervous stomach, he is prescibed lactulose and now his stools have been black for over a week. found out he had been taking more that prescribed dosage. is this normal, he has alao lost abot 10 pounds in weight
Mon, 12 Feb 2018
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Hello! Welcome to HealthcareMagic!

Black stool are often been caused by hemorragy in the upper intestinal tract.
Lactose is used for constipation.
I suggest you to do a visit to a gastrologyst for a proper diagnose and an endoscopy.

Hope this clarifies your concerns. Thank you for the query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi, General & Family Physician
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