I am currently taking medication can I still do the test?
If you are taking steroid or hydrocortisone containing medicine or creams in the past 7 days, do not perform the test. This includes inhalers and nasal sprays. If you are supplementing with DHEA do not perform the test.
NB: PLEASE DO NOT STOP ANY MEDICATION WITHOUT CONSULTING YOUR PHYSICIAN.
Any other medication that you routinely take should not affect the test.
Can I use a different method to collect the saliva?
To ensure your sample is not rejected, please use the collection tubes provided which have been validated for this test.
What if I cannot produce enough saliva?
Relaxing can greatly help saliva ow. We therefore suggest that before collection you relax, sit quietly for a few minutes and let the saliva accumulate in your mouth.
Some tips that may help stimulate saliva flow:
Move your tongue around in your mouth as this can stimulate saliva flow.
Sit with a cookbook or food magazine and look at the pictures, or alternatively think of your favourite food/meal or cook it.
Can I take my sample over a couple of days?
No, your samples all need to be taken on the same day. If you are doing shift work then please take at the times that would ‘represent’ a normal day for you, i.e. when you wake up and throughout your waking time up and including to when you go to bed.