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
TUSSI-12 DS (PYRILAMINE)
PROMETHAZINE WITH CODEINE
SEMPREX D (ACRIVASTINE)
PERIACTIN (C YPROHEPTADINE)
OVER THE COUNTER ANTIHISTAMINES