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07/05/2013 at 13:19
I very rarely get to post on MD but lurk all the time so hope you dont mind me asking for some advice.
I am 29 weeks pregnant and have been prescribed some Iron tablets, but they have made my stools turn black, and quite runny (sorry if thats TMI)! In the leaflet with the pills it says to contact your GP if that happens, i started taking them Sat but GP has been closed until today, so I have called them today and they are too busy and have no one today that can advise me and told me I should try and call again tomorrow. They are useless!
Does anyone know if this is normal, or what I should do in the mean time? I havent taken todays, so I am thnking maybe I shouldnt?
Thanks in advance for any help!
07/05/2013 at 13:21
Can you phone your midwife?
07/05/2013 at 13:22
I think it is normal - often goes one way or the other, but i'd personally call back the GP today, and say you'd like to speak to a GP via a callback. I'd explain you're pregnant and having side effects from some prescription medicine and want to talk it through, I'm sure they'll be a little more understanding. If not, i'd try NHS Direct.
07/05/2013 at 13:27
I echo calling your MW but it's a fairly common thing when taking iron.
07/05/2013 at 13:33
I did explain what is was for and that I was pregnant etc but they said the GP's are too busy for them to do a call back, i even asked if she could just ask them and call me back but she said no.
I have seen a different midwife with every visit and they alternate between the hospital and GP surgery so I dont know who or where to call. When I had my midwife appointment last Friday she didnt even know I had been prescribed iron pills by the GP.
NHS direct is a good idea though, I think I will give them a try and if that fails ring through to the ward at the hospital and see if they can put me through to a midwife.
07/05/2013 at 13:52
I hate the receptionists at gp's some of them are right mini hitlers you actually have the right to say to the receptionist no I am demanding a call back from a gp today. Patient choice and all that jazz. If it is any consolation it is extremely common with irn supplements to be black but they ususally become constipated stools rather than loose, but I would contact MW or NHS direct, failing that walk in centre or doc out of hours. Im about to have a massive barney with my gp over the receptionists and midwives lol hugs x
07/05/2013 at 14:00
that sounds fairly common tbh, gps will only do call backs for urgent cases iyswim. can you phone nhs 111 if its in your area or nhs direct 08454647. you could even speak to a pharmacist. the number for your mw will be on the front of the green notes.
07/05/2013 at 14:55
Mine were as you described and a MW told me it was normal. Try not to worry and I hope you get to speak to someone soon x
07/05/2013 at 15:14
Stool turning black is quite normal on iron. Not sure about the runnyness, they usually make you constipated.
You could speak to a pharmacist.
07/05/2013 at 17:37
I was the same as you, didn't realise it was something to be concerned about...I didn't read the leaflet! I never needed my lactulose, let's put it that way! Hahaha!
07/05/2013 at 20:35
It's a bit like that for me now Notts Lass! Sounds like its not much to worry about.
Just realised I am having my whooping cough injection tomorrow in the surgery so I will try and talk to them then. It's been really difficult having a pants gp surgery and no consistent midwife. Everyone I speak to seems to have the same midwife but you guys always have all the info!
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