Instructions for Collecting a 24-Hour Urine Specimen

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This is the testing procedure for my 24-Hour Urinalysis Service. Proper procedure is necessary, so please let me know if you foresee any problem in adhering to these directions.

  • PLEASE, EAT AND DRINK AS YOU NORMALLY DO. Do not change your routine.
  • Do not collect urine during your menstrual cycle or the day after your cycle.

RECORDING MEDICATION AND DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS • PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS
Since many prescription medications have a profound effect on urine tests, please make a list of all prescription medications and the amount taken during collection of this specimen. Please note this information and email me the type and amount taken.

OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS
Do not take any over-the-counter medications unless absolutely necessary during collection of this specimen. If you take any of these medications, make a list of the medications and the amount taken. Please note this information and email me the type and amount taken.

VITAMIN/MINERAL/HERB SUPPLEMENTS
Discontinue taking vitamins, minerals and herbs 24 hours prior to collection day. Do not take any of these during collection of this specimen.

ENZYME FORMULAS RECOMMENDED BY YOUR PRACTITIONER
Your practitioner will inform you about taking these supplements or not.

COLLECTION OF THE SPECIMEN
Use the container provided or a clean 1-gallon distilled water jug and keep specimen refrigerated during the entire collection period. Using a clean disposable plastic cup helps in collecting the urine for women.

Flush (do not collect) the first voiding in the morning on the day of the collection. Begin collecting the specimen with the second voiding of the day.

Collect ALL urine for the next 24 hours, including the entire first voiding the morning of the second day. If you fill the specimen container provided by our office prior to the end of the collecting period, use another container of your choosing that has been thoroughly cleaned and rinsed, to complete the collection.

Measure the total volume collected and fill the provided specimen container. Mail the specimen with the ice pack and information sheet directly to the lab via Priority Mail. Place the specimen container in the smallest plastic bag with the paper towel. Place this bag inside the larger zipper bag.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.