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Old 03-30-2001, 07:24 PM   #1
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Post low iron / tarry stools

Hi, this is embarassing but i'm sure there are worse things... I started taking iron pills a week ago and now i have diarrhea (black tarry stools - as i've heard them say). Is this normal? Or should i talk to my GP again? Does it mean that the iron isn't being absorbed but just passing through?


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Old 03-31-2001, 12:16 AM   #2
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Unfortunately, this is a "normal" occurance when taking the iron tabs. Mine is that way as well, and while I was in hospital, I had the same sort of stool. I was so scared that after I had "done my business," I ran out to the midwives and asked why my stools looked like tar. She said it was normal. Yay.

It's not nice, is it?

Hope this helped!


Old 03-31-2001, 02:23 PM   #3
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Thanks Amy.


Old 01-06-2002, 08:06 PM   #4
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I take an otc pill called "perfect iron". It doesn't have the "normal" side effects of iron pills, and it's just two pills once a day. I get it at Wal-Mart, so it's easy to find. I hope this helps someone out there!

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