Frequently Asked Questions
Here’s the list of our most frequently asked Riordan Clinic Questions. If you have a question you’d like answered and can’t find it in the list, please feel free to call us: 316-682-3100 or contact us.
- Do I need a physician’s order for the Pyrroles test?
A physicians order is not required for this test.
- How much does the test cost?
The test price is $79* for one pyrroles collection or $158* for three collections.
*Prices subject to change
- What is included in the price of the test?
The test price includes all shipping and handling charges, including FedEx overnight return shipping within the continental U.S., the cost of this kit itself, and the cost of the test.
- Will Medicare or my health insurance pay for this test?
Medicare and private health insurance will not pay for a laboratory test that is not ordered by a physician. Medicare will not pay for a physician ordered pyrroles test. Please contact your health insurance provider to determine your coverage for a physician ordered pyrroles test.
- What is included in my test kit?
Your test kit includes a specimen collection cup, an amber pour off tube containing a powdered preservative, a bag and absorbent material for your specimen, collection and shipping instructions, a requisition form to be filled out with the patient’s information, a thermal bubble bag, cardboard shipping box, and a labeled pre-paid FedEx return shipping bag.
- How long does it take to receive my kit after I place my order?
Your kit will be shipped to you via FedEx Smartpost. Smartpost ships the kit via FedEx to your local Post Office for final delivery to your address via the US postal service. Delivery times range from 7 to 10 business days, depending on location.
- Can I have the kit or my results shipped to me faster?
If you would like your kit sooner, call us to request faster shipping at your expense.
- What should I do if my test results are abnormal?
We recommend that you consult with your personal physician or healthcare provider about a possible course of treatment. If your physician is unfamiliar with this testing, he or she may call us for further information.
- How do I find a healthcare provider in my area?
The Orthomolecular.org website features a list of physicians that may use the pyrroles test as part of their practice.
The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians has a searchable database where you may find a physician that meets your needs.
The American Chiropractic Association also has a searchable database of physicians. There are many chiropractic physicians who use pyrroles testing as part of their practice
Additionally, using your preferred search engine, you can search for Orthomolecular, Naturopathic, and Chiropractic physicians in your city or state.
- What is the difference between one Pyrroles collection and three Pyrroles collections?
The single pyrrole collection is a urine specimen collected at any time of the day. The three pyrrole collection is a set of specimens collected during three different mental states, since a direct correlation has been shown between an individual’s level of anxiety and the degree of pyrroluria. Specimens are obtained during the following mental states:
- Calm mental state
- Anxious mental state
- Very anxious mental state
All three specimens must be shipped together after collection is complete.
- Should I stop taking my supplements/medications before I collect my specimen?
If you or your physician is interested in a baseline value for you pyrroles level without supplementation, we recommend that you cease taking Vitamin B6 and Zinc for one week before collecting the urine sample. You may continue to take all other supplements and medications, as they will not affect your result.
If you or your physician is interested in your pyrroles level while you are taking Vitamin B6 and Zinc, or if you are retesting your level after you have begun a course of treatment, continue taking your supplements and collect a random specimen at any time.
- I’ve overfilled the pour off tube, will this affect my results?
If you overfill the tube, pour off the excess until the tube is 2/3 full. This will not affect the results of your test.
- How long can I keep the specimen frozen before I send it to you?
The specimen is stable for up to a month in your freezer.
- Can you give me my results over the phone or by email?
Under HIPAA, the patient privacy act, we must insure that your test results are delivered directly to you or your doctor by secure means. For this reason, we will not release results over the phone or via email. Your results will be mailed to you or faxed/mailed to your physician.
- Where can I find more information on pyrroles testing and pyrroluria?