Please contact your prescribing physician before stopping any of the following medications

Certain medications such as antihistamines may interfere with allergy skin testing, which we may perform. Most cough and cold medications contain antihistamines. One tablet, one capsule or one teaspoon of antihistamine may neutralize the skin tests so that they cannot be read properly.

If you need temporary relief of allergy symptoms prior to being tested, Sudafed (not Actifed or Sudafed Plus), Nasalcrom, Phenylephrine, Robitussin DM or Pseudoephedrine can be taken. If you have a fever or are wheezing or pregnant, please let us know because skin testing should not be performed.

Since it is not possible to list all of the antihistamines, please call our office or your pharmacist if you have a question. Products classified as anti-nausea, anti-depressants, tranquilizers, anti-anxiety and motion sickness medications may also contain antihistamines and should not be taken 48 HOURS BEFORE TESTING. PLEASE AVOID THE FOLLOWING MEDICINES FOR 5 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT:

AccuHist Products
Alavert
Aleve products(some) Alka-Seltzer
Allegra
Amitriptyline
Antivert
Astelin Nasal Spray
Astepro Atarax
Axid Azelastine Benadryl
Brompheniramine Carbinoxamine
Cetirizine
Chlordiazepoxide
Chloro-Trimeton
Clorpheniramine
Cimetidine

Clarinex
Claritin Clemastine Clomipramine
Cyproheptadine
Dayquil Desipramine Desloratadine
Dimetane Products
Dimetapp Products Diphenhydramine
Doxepin
Dramamine
Dristan Products
Dymista
Elavil
Extendryl Products
Famotidine
Fexofenadine
Flurazepam

Hycomine
Hydroxyzine
Imipramine
Lodrane
Loratadine
Meclizine
Mesclor
Mirtazapine
Nortriptyline
Nyquil Products
Optivar eye drops
Pataday
Patanase
Patanol
Periactin Pepcid
Phenergan Products
Poly-Histine
Promethazine
Pyrilamine (Midol Complete only)

Ranitidine
Remeron
Restaril
Sinequan
OTC cough/cold
Sudafed-Plus
Sudafed Sinus/Allergy
Tagamet
Tavist Products
Temazepam
Triaminic Products
Tussi-12
Tussionex Products
Tylenol Products
Vicks Products
Vistaril Xyzal
Zaditor
Zantac
Zyrtec

If you are on a beta blocker drug, ask your prescribing physician if the drug can be omitted the day before and the day of testing. These drugs are usually taken for high blood pressure, migraine headaches, or heart problems. NO BETA THE DAY BEFORE AND THE DAY OF THE TESTING. The following are beta blockers:

Acebutol
Atenolol
Betagan
Betapace
Betaxolol
Betaxon
Betimol
Betoptic
Bispropolol
Blocadren
Brevibloc
Bystolic
Carteolol
Cartrol
Carvedilol

Coreg
Corgard
Corzide
Esmolol
Hytrin
Inderal
Inderide
Innopran
Istalol
Kerlone
Labetalol
Levatol
Levobetaxolol
Levobunolol

Lopressor
Metipranolol
Met0prolol
Nadolol
Normodyne
Ocupress
Optipranolol
Oxprenolol
Penbutolol
Pindolol
Propranolol HCL
Sectral
Slow-Trasicor
Sotalol

Tenoretic
Tenormin
Terazosin HCL
Timolide
Timolol
Timoptic
Tomoptic
Toprol
Trandate
Visken
Zebeta
Ziac

YOU SHOULD CONTINUE THE FOLLOWING MEDICATIONS:


Accolate
Advair
Aerobid
Afrin
Albuterol
Alupent
Alvesco
Asmanex
Atrovent
Azmacort
Combivent
Dulera
Duoneb


Elestat
Flonase
Flovent
Foradil
Guafinesin
Intal
Maxair
Medrol
Mucinex
Nasacort
Nasalcrom
Nasalide
Nasarel
Nasonex

Orapred
Oxymetazoline
Phenylephrine
Prednisone
Prednisolone
Prelone
Proventil
Pseudoephedrine
Pulmicort
QVAR
Rhinocort
Serevent
Singulair
Solumedrol


Spiriva
Symbicort
Theo-24
Theophylline
Tilade
Uniphyl
Ventolin
Xolair
Xopenex
Veramyst
Volmax
VoSpire
Zyflo

Please contact your prescribing physician before stopping any of the previous medications. If you are not sure whether you should stop a medicine and it is not on the previous lists, please contact our office to see if the medicine should be continued or discontinued prior to allergy skin testing.