H Pylori Breath Test

H Pylori Breath Test

Test for Helicobacter pylori, a type of bacteria that may cause digestive disorders and stomach-related medical conditions. Read more
Test details

Sample type:
You cannot eat or drink anything, including water, for 1 hour before this test. Eating or drinking anything (including water) in the hour before the test may lead to an invalid result. PLEASE NOTE: Discontinuation of prescribed medication should only be done after discussing with your doctor. Some medications could affect test accuracy: Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Prilosec, Prevacid, Nexium, Protonix, Pepto Bismol or Antibiotics including treatment for H pylori. If you are taking over-the-counter medications as self-treatment, check with your doctor about whether these should also be stopped prior to testing: H2 antagonists (Tagamet, Zantac, Pepcid, Axid) or Antacids (Tums, Rolaids, Maalox).
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Detects the presence of the Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) bacteria which may cause digestive disorders and stomach-related medical conditions.

Who Alt
Must be 18+ years of age to purchase.
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About the Test

Are you concerned you may have been infected with Helicobacter pylori (H pylori), a bacterium commonly found in the stomach? This urea breath test is used to detect the presence of H pylori, which causes infection, and to monitor treatment. The BreathTek™ UBiT® is a noninvasive test that uses your breath to detect H pylori and monitor treatment.

After collecting a baseline breath sample, you will drink a liquid containing synthetic urea (Pranactin®-Citric), which helps detect signs of H pylori in your breath. You will be asked to wait 15 minutes after drinking the liquid before obtaining another breath sample; both samples are then compared during analysis to detect the presence of H pylori.

Please see the "Preparing for your test" section for important information to consider prior to testing.

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