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Hello, Ive been looking at my stools and they are very

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Hello,

I've been looking at my stools and they are very dark brown. Today it was almost black but when I wipe on the paper you could tell it isn't black it is just dark brown. I took cough syrup yesterday and Dramamine- I have a lot of phlegm and cough. I have a cold. What could this be? I also take Prilosec (daily).
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 5 years ago.

mysticdoc :

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mysticdoc :

Hello and thank you for your question.

Customer:

Hello, thank you for taking my question.

mysticdoc :

Did this start the same time you started taking the syrup? Or how long has this been going on? Thanks

Customer:

Well I went for a CT scan on Saturday (had barium to take) and then my stools turned pale almost white. On Monday I went to a gastroenterologist- and he sampled my stool and he said no blood. But after this I had dark stools But today is the darkest yet (But I took the prilosec yesterday morning, Cough syrup around 6pm and dramamine around 10pm after lots of nausea.)

Customer:

But my stools were dark before that too. Yesterday, my stool was half normal brown color and half dark.

mysticdoc :

do you take any iron pills?

Customer:

no

mysticdoc :

the medications especially cough syrup can cause dark stool.

mysticdoc :

but this should not happen after you stop these medications.

mysticdoc :

if it does, then it is better to get an endoscopy to make sure you do not have any bleeding stomach ulcer.

Customer:

Oh I see....and bleeding stomach ulcers is this bad???

Customer:

Can it be cured?

mysticdoc :

yes it can be if present.

Customer:

yes it is bad or yes it can be cured? sorry..

mysticdoc :

it can be cured.

mysticdoc :

that is why endoscopy required if you have this symptoms persistently.

Customer:

one more thing. I have a distended stomach and evidence of prepyloric wall thickening. Went to one gastro- said do endoscopy and biopsy. Went to another and said do GI series first then if abnormal do endoscopy. Which should I believe?

Customer:

1 seemed in a hurry and the other not concerned at all.......

mysticdoc :

endoscopy and biopsy should be the correct step forward.

mysticdoc :

GI series will not provide much information.

Customer:

Thank you doctor. I appreciate your help!

Customer:

THe other suggested though that an upper gi series was an alternative....

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