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I am on augmentin and my stool has been a different color it

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Hello, I am on augmentin and my stool has been a different color it is black and sometimes a dark green? Is this normal.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 6 years ago.
Dear customer,
Greetings.Green stools are often seen while on antibiotics and other medication,this would be normal.Black stools suggest that there is bleeding in the upper GI tract.If the black,tarry stools persist ,you may need to be examined by a Doctor/Gasteroenterologist to identify the site of the bleeding.A stool test for occult blood will confirm the bleeding.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I was tested a month ago for blood in my stool with a blood occult test. It was negative. Maybe I am mistaking my stool for being a dark green instead of black. These colored stools didn't start until I started taking Augmentin. I just started taking the medicine and took about 6 pills of it. Could my liver becoming damaged?
Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 6 years ago.
Taking Augmentin rarely causes liver problems.Cholestatic jaundice has been reported in a few patients,also mild hepatitis has been seen in a few patients.Preexisting liver disease may show a increase while on Augmentin.
Green stools are reported by a lot of patients on Augmentin.This by itself needs no treatment.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I am taking augmentin and im not 100 percent sure that i have a sinus infection. I dont have a fever and i can breath through my nose. My ready care doctor just gave the antibiotics to me. My ears do pop though
Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 6 years ago.
I am sure the antibiotic was given for a definite indication by your doctor.Such antibiotics are not used lightly.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
One more question how quickly does an allergic reaction happen such as anaphlaxis. Can it happen hours later? Also can you use an expired epi pen?
Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 6 years ago.
Delayed anaphylaxis is well known and can occur hours later.Delayed anaphylaxis has been seen with meat allergy,beef pork and lamb,and can occur 3-6 hours after consumption.Expired medical products should not be used as their results will not be reliable and may be harmful.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I am allergic to shellfish doesn't that happen quickly, and if you only have a used epi will that work.
Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 6 years ago.
Shellfish allergy can cause serious problems which may be life threatening.Anaphylaxis can occur quickly but may be delayed in some cases.A expired Epi pen should be replaced and a fresh one used in a emergency.If you do not have a fresh one,a expired one may be tried but the results will not neccesarily be reliable.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
if i ate something that could cause a reaction at 7pm and its 12:00am now would I have had a severe reaction by now?
Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 6 years ago.
Probably,as the reaction would normally occur either early or within 2-4 hours.