Q. Can the cholesterol tablets be the reason for my light-yellow colored stools?

Answered by
Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat
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This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 22, 2023 and last reviewed on: Apr 04, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am 71 years old and have light yellow-colored stools. I am taking Rosuvastatin for five days. No other symptoms. Is there need for concern? Kindly help.



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I understand your concern.

I have read your query and am sorry for such discomfort. Is there foul smell associated with it?

Kindly revert.

Thank you.

Hello doctor,

Thank you for your reply.

No, there is no foul smell, but they feel a little greasy.



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Pathologically, the yellow-colored stool is due to high fecal fat concentration, and in such cases, there are large, bulky, and malodorous stools. This is termed steatorrhea. But in your case, there is no foul smell, and the stool is not large or bulky, which rules out the textbook definition of steatorrhea at present. One reason is that more dietary fat consumption causes stool appearance.

You should examine your bowel movements (number of times you are going to the washroom, visual inspection of stool) and monitor for any other symptoms, and try to eliminate if there is any increased dietary consumption of fat. As of now, there is no need to worry about it.

I hope this helps.

Thank you.

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