How does a Patient Prepare for the Test?
For Optimal Patient Preparation:
- Patients should not take antibiotics, antihistamines and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for two (2) weeks prior to administering the sucrose breath test.
Foods and Drinks the Day Before the Test:
Patients should be tested after an over-night fast (minimum of 8 hours). Patients can drink water prior to testing but no other liquids such as coffee or teas.
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 Sucrose Breath Test:
There are very few potential serious complications during the 90-minute testing. Patients may feel minor discomfort from ingestion of sucrose including diarrhea, gas, cramping or bloating.