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Medications to Avoid Prior to Skin Testing

Medications that contain antihistamines interfere with skin testing results. Therefore, please refer to the list below. They are often used to treat cold and allergy symptoms.

In general, we ask that you try to avoid these medications for 3 to 5 days prior to your appointment. If you are very sick and can’t avoid these medications, you should keep your appointment anyway - we may be able to replace your medications with ones that don’t affect the skin testing results.

As a rule, asthma medications do not affect skin testing results (e.g. singular, inhalers) and should be continued. Also, single-ingredient decongestant preparations (e.g. Sudafed, phenylephrine, pseudoephedrine) can be taken. All Nasal sprays can be used except Astelin, Astepro, and Patanase. If there are any questions about a certain medication, please speak to your pharmacist or our nursing staff.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS WITH ANTIHISTAMINES

 

Eye Drops

Nasal Sprays

ALLEGRA (FEXOFENADINE)
XYZAL (LEVOCETIRIZINE)
CLARINEX (DESLORATIDINE)
ATARAX (HYDROXYZINE)
TANAFED DMX
TUSSIONEX
PALGIC
TUSSI-12 DS (PYRILAMINE)
BROMFED (BROMPHENIRAMINE)
RONDEC SYRUP
PROMETHAZINE WITH CODEINE
NALDECON
DURATUSS AC
SEMPREX D (ACRIVASTINE)
ALLERX (CHLORPHENIRAMINE)
RYNATAN (CHLORPHENIRAMINE)
PBZ (TRIPELENNAMINE)
PHENERGAN (PROMETHAZINE)
TAVIST
PERIACTIN (C YPROHEPTADINE)
VISTARIL

PATANOL
OPTIVAR
ZADITOR
PATADAY
ELESTAT 

ASTEPRO
ASTELIN
PATANASE   

OVER THE COUNTER ANTIHISTAMINES

ZYRTEC (CETIRIZINE)
CLARITIN (LORATADINE)
BENADRYL (DIPHENHYDRAMINE)
ALAVERT (LORATADINE)
ACTIFED (TRIPROLIDINE)
SUDAFED SINUS/ALLERGY
NYQUIL
TYLENOL PM
TYLENOL COLD

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