How does a Patient Prepare for the Test?
For Optimal Patient Preparation:
- Patients should not be tested within four (4) weeks of a colonoscopy or barium enema.
- Patients should not take antimicrobials and should try to avoid bismuth preparations (Pepto Bismol) within two (2) weeks prior to administering the lactose intolerance breath test.
- Patients should avoid laxatives, stool softeners or stool bulking agents one (1) week prior to the test including: Colace, Milk of Magnesia, Ex-Lax, Metamucil or Citrucel.
Foods and Drinks the Day Before the Test:
These foods and drinks are best: Plain white bread, plain white rice, plain white potatoes, baked or broiled chicken or fish, water, non-flavored black coffee or tea. Salt may be used to flavor your food.
These foods and drinks should be avoided: Beans, pasta, meats (steaks), fiber or bran cereals, soda (pop) cola drinks, butter or margarine and high fiber foods (whole grains).
STOP EATING AND DRINKING 12 HOURS BEFORE THE TEST.
The Day of the Test:
DO NOT eat, drink, chew gum or tobacco, smoke cigarettes, eat breath mints or candy before or during the test.
DO NOT sleep or exercise during the test.
DO TAKE prescription medications with a small amount of water.
DO BRUSH your teeth prior to the test.
Potential Complications of the Lactose Breath Test:
There are very few potential serious complications during the 3-hour testing. Patients may feel minor discomfort from ingestion of lactose including diarrhea, gas, cramping or bloating.