IDkit Hp is a medication used in a diagnostic test called ExalenzBreathID®, which is used to check for H. pylori infection. H. pylori is a hardy bacteria linked to ulcers and cancers in the digestive tract, and it causes no symptoms while it is in your stomach.
The bacteria break down urea and turn it into carbon dioxide gas. To determine the presence of H. pylori, 13c urea and citric acid is taken by mouth.
The ExalenzBreathID® is then used to detect your breath for high levels of carbon dioxide, which confirms the presence of H. pylori in your digestive tract.
You can only take 13c urea and citric acid with doctor’s prescription. It is available in tablet or powder forms.
2 What to Know Before Using
Before using IDkit Hp, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it.
"The doctor will review your medical history and information to see if 13c urea and citric acid is good for you. Several things should be considered before you are prescribed with the drug, such as:
Allergies: Having allergies to 13c urea and citric acid and other medicines must be told immediately to the doctor. You also have to tell if you have allergies to dyes, certain foods, preservatives, and animals.
Pediatric and Geriatric use: The efficacy and safety of 13c urea and citric acid in children and geriatric patients are not yet established. If you are below 21 years of age, or above 55 to 60 years old.
Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding status, as 13c urea and citric acid is not known to be safe in infants.
Interactions with Medicines: Interaction with medicines. You need to tell your doctor if you are taking prescription or over-the-counter medications.
Alcohol and tobacco use: Tell the doctor if you use tobacco and alcohol, which is a contraindication to certain drugs.
Pregnancy: 13c urea and citric acid is an FDA category C drug, which means that animal studies show that it has an adverse effect on the fetus and has no safety studies in humans.
Having other medical conditions: Tell your doctor if you have other health conditions. 13c urea and citric acid may not be appropriate if you have the following conditions:
Achlorydia – a condition that causes lack of stomach acid, which may provide innacurate results.
Phenylketonuria – 13c urea and citric acid are not suitable for individuals with phenylketonuria due to its phenylalanine content.
Gastrectomy, partial or total – 13c urea and citric acid are not suitable for patients who underwent gastrectomy or removal of the stomach.
To use IDkit Hp properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor.
13c urea and citric acid can only be used Exalenz BreathID® breath test. To do the test, the doctor will first collect initial breath samples using the BreathID® Hp device to establish a baseline.
Then, you will drink a mixed solution of 13c urea and citric acid. Then, you have to breathe normally though a cannula as the test is performed.
Do not eat for an hour before taking the 13c urea and citric acid solution. The mixed 13c urea and citric acid solution must be consumed within 2 hours.
If the mixed solution contains large particles after mixing it for at least 5 minutes, it must be discarded, and new kit must be opened.
4 Precautions to Take
Before using IDkit Hp, there are some precautions you must take.
Drugs like omeprazole, lansoprazole, and other proton-pump inhibitors, and bismuth may interfere with the test results and make it inaccurate. The doctor will tell you to stop taking these medicines at least 2 weeks before the test.
5 Potential Side Effects
As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with IDkit Hp.
13c urea and citric acid may have unwanted side effects, such as:
Hives, or itchy rash
Hoarseness of voice
Pain, swelling, or stiffness of the joints
Swelling of the face, lips, eyelids, hands or feet
Sensation of tightness in the chest
Difficulty breathing or swallowing
You may also feel other side effects not listed. If any of these symptoms occur, you need to have medical attention immediately.
You can discuss side effects of 13c urea and citric acid with your doctor. You can call the U.S Food and Drug Administration (1-800-FDA) to report side effects.
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