Rowasa & Dark Stool???

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   Posted 2/14/2009 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok.  I am so new at this.  I started Rowasa last night.  Can it cause your stool to be darker or should I be worried.  I had a colonsocopy yesterday.

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   Posted 2/14/2009 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't recall it ever making mine darker. Usually after a colonoscopy it will take me a week or so to get the bowel back to normal. Whatever normal is for you at that time. Even with a sig scope it messes up my gut for several days. If it were me I wouldn't bother worrying. To many other things to worry about, lol.
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   Posted 2/14/2009 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
     What other medications are you on?  Do you take vitamins that contain iron?  These will cause darkening of stools.
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   Posted 2/14/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Mine can be very dark- black even. Rowasa itself will turn black over time if it is exposed to things outside its bottle. When I use rowasa, I squeeze the air out so it doesn't hurt once inside and a few drops always falls on the tissue I use to avoid a mess. The next morning the otherwise white rowasa is jet black. I'm figuring the same thing happens when you use it.

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   Posted 2/14/2009 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
While on Rowasa, you will experience a whole array of colors.
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   Posted 2/14/2009 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
There is so much to learn. It is overwhelming right now. Right now I am on Asacol 2 tabs 3X and Rowasa nightly. I have no idea if this will change when I go back Wednesday.

Of course I jsut get through the colonoscopy and my wonderful daughter has shared her cooties. I now have her terrible chest cold and can't quit coughing!!!

I just want to feel good again!!!!

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   Posted 2/15/2009 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Interesting. It makes my stools lighter in color. Sorry to hear you have a bad cold now. I know it can be frustrating when all you want is to feel good again. Hang in there.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops; Ortho Tri-Cyclen

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