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Patient Preparation

Patient Preparation

Patient Preparation

Patient Preparation Guidelines for Hydrogen/Methane Breath Tests

Any questions related to preparation should be discussed with your physician. If you (the patient) are not able to comply with these guidelines for testing, then you may not be a candidate for a breath test and your medical professional can assist you in determining if another test may accommodate your needs. 

The guidelines below are to be followed for all Hydrogen/Methane Breath Tests.

  • No smoking, including second-hand smoke, for at least 1 hour before or at any time during the breath test.
  • No sleeping or vigorous exercise for at least 1 hour before or at any time during the breath test.
  • If you recently had antibiotic therapy, runny diarrhea, colonoscopies, barium studies or enemas, please wait 14 days after completion of the above mentioned prior to starting your breath test.
  • If you take any Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI) which contain Omeprazole (Prilosec), Lansoprazole (Prevacid), Dexlansoprazole (Dexilant), Esomeprazole (Nexuim), Pantoprazole (Protonix), Rabeprazole (Aciphex) , please wait 7 days after completion of the above mentioned prior to starting your breath test.
  • Contact your physician if you cannot be off the above medication for 7 days.

The day before your test, please limit your diet.

Here are foods that you CAN eat.

  • Baked or broiled chicken, fish or turkey. (Salt and pepper only)
  • White bread (only)
  • Plain steamed white rice
  • Eggs
  • Clear chicken or beef broth

If you are uncertain if something will affect the test, AVOID the product. This includes:

  • Pasta, whole grain products, bran, high fiber cereals, granola, etc.
  • Fruit juices, applesauce, apricots, bananas, cantaloupe, canned fruit cocktail, grapes, honeydew melon, peaches, watermelon. Raw and dried fruits like raisins and berries.
  • Vegetable juices, potatoes, alfalfa sprouts, beets, green/yellow beans, carrots, celery, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, mushrooms, green/red peppers, squash, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, swiss chard, beans, lentils, corn, etc.
  • All nuts, seeds and beans, as well as foods that may contain seeds.
  • Milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, butter.

12 hours before you start your breath test, you should fast. This means do not eat or drink anything other than water.

Registration and Parking:

Please park in any of the visitor lots and register at the Main Lobby Desk (Washington Ave. entrance). You will then be escorted to the Endoscopy Suite. A driver is not necessary. Please bring a list of your medications, including dosages. You may also wish to bring reading material, a laptop computer or a project to pass the time.

If you have any further questions related to preparation, talk to your physician. Patients who are not able to comply with these guidelines for testing may not be a candidate for a breath test, but a medical professional can assist you in determining if another test may accommodate your needs. 

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