What You Can Expect With BreathTek<sup>®</sup> UBT for <span class="hpylori-bold">H. pylori</span>
BreathTek UBT can be administered in your doctor’s office or in one of the many national and regional labs, like Quest Diagnostics® and LabCorp®, located across the country. Before you take the test, follow the few simple steps listed below to make sure that your results are as accurate as possible. If you are already prepared before your appointment, you may be able to take the test immediately.
Preparing to take BreathTek UBT
- The testing process involves drinking Pranactin®-Citric drug solution, which contains phenylalanine (one of the protein components of Aspartame), 84mg per dosage unit. Tell your health care practitioner if you are phenylketonuric (PKU), which restricts dietary phenylalanine. For reference, 12 ounces of a typical diet cola drink contains approximately the same amount of phenylalanine.
- Do not eat or drink for 1 hour prior to taking the test.
- Do not take any of the following medications for 2 weeks prior to the test:
- All antibiotics
- Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) or their generic versions such as Aciphex® (rabeprazole), Nexium® (esomeprazole), Prevacid® (lansoprazole), Prilosec® (omeprazole), Prilosec OTC® (omeprazole), Protonix® (pantoprazole), Zegerid® (omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate), and Dexilant® (dexlansoprazole)
- Bismuth preparations such as Pepto Bismol®
If you are currently taking a PPI:
- It is still recommended that antibiotics, PPIs, or bismuth medications not be taken within 2 weeks prior to taking the BreathTek UBT.
- If you are taking a PPI and test positive for H. pylori infection, the result is considered positive and eradication therapy can be started immediately. If the test is negative, it may be a false negative and results should be confirmed with a second breath test 2 weeks after discontinuing the PPI.
- Histamine blockers (H2 antagonists) may be substituted for PPIs. These medications include Zantac® (ranitidine), Tagamet® (cimetidine), Pepcid® (famotidine), and Axid® (nizatidine). The effect of histamine blockers may reduce urease activity on urea breath tests. Histamine blockers may be discontinued for 24-48 hours before the BreathTek UBT.1
If you are taking antacids:
- You may continue taking antacids prior to testing. The use of antacids does not appear to affect the accuracy of the BreathTek UBT.
When testing to confirm that you’re cured:
- The test should be administered at least 4 weeks after completion of treatment. The conditions above also apply.
4 Simple Steps to Rule Out an H. pylori Infection
During the test, a health care professional (HCP) will ask you to perform a few simple steps:
You will inhale, hold your breath momentarily, and then exhale into a blue collection bag.
After the HCP mixes the Pranactin®-Citric drug solution with water, you will drink the solution through a straw from the plastic cup provided.
Wait 15 minutes.
Once again you will inhale, hold your breath momentarily, and then exhale into a pink collection bag.
Be confident that your treatment worked.
If you test positive for an H. pylori infection, your doctor may prescribe a course of antibiotics to treat it. H. pylori can be a difficult infection to kill, and the bacteria may survive treatment.2 Ask your doctor if you need to take the BreathTek UBT again after you’ve finished the course of antibiotics to make sure that the infection is cured.
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