Patient Preparation

How does a Patient Prepare for the Urea Breath Test?

For Optimal Preparation

  • FAST for at least one (1) hour before the test. This means that you consume no food and drink only water prior to the test.

Patients Should Avoid

  • Phenylketonuric patients should not take the test. Active ingredient is mixed with Aspartame and contains phenylalanine.
  • Proton pump inhibitors (Prilosec, Prevacid, Nexium, Protonix, Aciphex, Dexilant) within two (2) weeks prior to the urea breath test.
  • Antibiotics two (2) weeks prior to the urea breath test.
  • Bismuth preparations (Pepto Bismol) within two (2) weeks prior to the urea breath test.
  • Being tested before four (4) weeks after H. pylori treatment. An earlier post-treatment assessment may give false negative results.

Allowable Medications Prior to Testing

  • Prior to testing, the patient may take H2 antagonists (Tagamet, Zantac, Pepcid, Axid) or Antacids (Tums, Rolaids, Maalox)

Most Common Breath Collection Errors

  • Not properly and firmly re-capping the breath collection bag after use.
  • Administration of Pranactin-Citric solution before collecting the baseline breath sample.
  • Consumption by the patient of food, beverage or smoking during the 15-minute test interval.

Potential Complications of the Urea Breath Test

  • There are no known risks or complications with a urea breath test

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