Preparation for the Lactulose Breath test
Two Weeks Before Collection
Stop taking any antibiotics or antifungals (except those who are re-testing following Elemental Diet)
DO NOT undergo colonoscopy, colonics or barium enemas during this time.
DO NOT perform within 2 weeks of atypical diarrhea. If you have questions, please consult with provider.
4 Days Before Collection
Avoid all Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) such as Omeprazole, Protonix, Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec
Avoid all laxatives. This includes (high dose) vitamin C and magnesium that is being taken specifically to induce a laxative effect.
24-48 Hours Before Collection
Avoid all non-essential medications and supplements including probiotics. If you have questions about what may be non-essential vs essential, consult with your provider.
The following list of foods are the ALLOWED foods for the preparatory diet:
Any meat, fish/seafood, poultry, or eggs
Plain, steamed white rice
Clear meat broth (no bullion, bone/cartilage broth, or vegetable broth)
Fats/oils (eg. Coconut/olive oil/vegetable oil, butter or lard)
Salt and pepper
Weak black coffee and/or weak black tea (plan, no sweeteners or cream)
Plain water, no mineral waters
Morning of Collection (after overnight fast)
Wake up at least 1 hour prior to beginning the collection. You may brush your teeth as normal
DO NOT eat, smoke, or exercise prior or during collection.
It’s okay to drink plain water during and before performing breath test
Read the instructions provided in the kit, label tubes and collect samples every 20 minutes