Helicobacter Pylori breath testing
This is a short 15-minute painless procedure and is bulk billed by Medicare. The test involves swallowing a tablet on an empty stomach, and blowing into a bag 10 minutes later. The exhaled breath will then be tested using accurate technology.
Do not take this test if you are pregnant. If you are breastfeeding, you should stop for 3 days following the test and any pumped milk should be discarded.
2 weeks before the test:
- No antibiotics or proton pump inhibitors (e.g. Nexium, Pariet, Somac, Zoton, Losec)
3 days before the test:
- No Nizac or Zantac
24 hours before the test:
- Stop antacids (e.g. Gaviscon, Mylanta)
6 hours before the test (fasting):
- No water to be consumed during this period
- Please make sure you do not swallow any water when brushing your teeth