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Patient Preparation Guidelines for all Hydrogen/Methane Breath Tests

Any questions related to preparation should be discussed with a medical professional.
QuinTron is unable to provide medical advice.

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 without these preparation limits is more suitable. 

  • 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.
  • Wait at least 14 days before beginning your breath test if you recently had antibiotic therapy, runny diarrhea, colonoscopies, barium studies or enemas.

Before you start the breath test, a 24 hour preparation is required consisting of a 12 hour restricted diet and a 12 hour fasting period.

If you are uncertain if something will affect the test, avoid the product or consult your physician prior to starting the test.

  1. The first 12 hours is the restricted diet.  Limit your foods to those below.

            You may drink plain water, coffee, tea (no sugar/artificial sweeteners or cream added)

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


      2. The second 12 hours DO NOT eat or drink anything, except water.


These guidelines are adapted from various hospital organizations and studies.
QuinTron did not exclusively develop these preparations or protocols for Hydrogen/Methane Breath Tests;
medical professionals have ultimate authority as to how they choose to prepare their patient for the breath test in accordance with their own interpretation guidelines.

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