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Helicobacter Pylori C14 Urea Breath Test

Helicobacter Pylori-Urea Breath Test C14

Purpose of Test

This test is used for detecting the presence of bacteria called Helicobacter which can cause stomach inflammation. It may also be used to check that the bacteria has been eradicated after treatment. This test is safe to use on pregnant women and children.


Day Before Test

You are to fast for a minimum 4-6 hours prior to the test. However, any prescription medication other than those listed below can be taken with a sip of water.


The following medications should NOT be taken prior to the test.


Exclusion Period Type of Medication Generic Name Trade Names
Four Weeks


All Antibiotics Except Vancomycin
And Sulphonamides

Bactrim, Septrin etc

Four Weeks

Ingredient in antacids, antidiarrheal & GI medication


Denol, Helldac

14 Days 



Carafate, Ulcyte, SCF

7 Days

Proton Pump Inhibitors

Lanozaprole, Rabeprazole,
Esomeprazole, Pantoprazole

Zoton, Pariet, Losec, Losec IV, Maxor, Nexium, Somac

During fasting and
during Test



ALU-tab, Andrews TUMS, Antassa, De Wits antacid powder, Daxal, ENO, Gastrogel,
Gaviscon, Gelusil, Medefoam2, Meracote, Mucaine, Mylanta, Rennie, Salvital,
Sigma Liquid antacid, Titralec

During fasting and
during Test

H2 Antagonists

Cimetidine, Ranitidine,

Cinetimax, Cimehaxal, SBPA- Ranitidine, Magicul, Sigmetadine, Tagamet, WL-
Cimetidine, Ranitdine BC Genrx Ranitdine, Rani 2, Hexal Ranitic, SBPA-
Ranitidine, Ranihexal, Zantac, Ausran, Ranoxyl Amfamox, Pepcid, Pepcidine Tazac

  Note: Confirmatory tests post antibiotic treatment for Helicobacter Pylori cannot be done until a minimum of 6-8 weeks following completion of the course.


Collection Procedure

  1. You will be required to swallow a capsule with approximately 30mls water
  2. Three minutes later you will be required to swallow a further 30mls water.
  3. You will then wait for 7 minutes, and then be instructed to take a deep breath, hold for approximately 10 seconds, and then blow into a balloon until it is firm.

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