Carefully review the medication list below and follow the instructions on when to stop the medications that interfere with allergy testing. If the medication that needs to be stopped was not prescribed by your Texas Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist doctor, contact the prescribing doctor to confirm that you may safely stop taking the medication for the duration required prior to testing.

Three Weeks (21 Days) Prior To Testing

  • Steroid Cream/Ointment-on test sites (arms/legs)
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Two Weeks (14 Days) Prior To Testing

  • Allergy shots
  • Amitriptyline
  • Amoxapine
  • Anafranil
  • Clomipramine
  • Desipramine
  • Doxepin
  • Elavil
  • Imipramine (10+)
  • Inhalers prescribed for a short duration to treat an acute condition or infection
  • Limbitrol
  • Norpramin
  • Nortriptyline
  • Pamelor
  • Protriptyline
  • Surmontil
  • Tofranil (10+)
  • Tricyclic Antidepressants* (Stop 7-14 days prior)
  • Vivactil

*Some antidepressants/anxiety medicines can affect allergy testing results. NEVER stop this type of medication without asking the doctor who prescribed it if you can do so safely. If you are taking an antidepressant and you have questions or concerns about stopping the medication, please call the Allergy Testing Nurse prior to the day of your Allergy Test to discuss.

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One Week (7 Days) Prior To Testing

  • Sublingual Allergy drops
  • Beta Blockers (Click Here for More Information)
  • Alavert
  • Allegra (5-7)
  • Alprazolam
  • Ativan
  • Benzodiazepines** (Stop 7 days prior)
  • Cetirizine (5-7)
  • Clarinex
  • Claritin
  • Clemastine (5-10)
  • Clonazepam
  • Clorazepate
  • Cyproheptadine (7-11)
  • Dalmane
  • Desloratadine
  • Estazolam
  • Fexofenadine (5-7)
  • Flurazepam
  • Halcion
  • Hydroxyzine
  • Klonopin
  • Levocetirizine
  • Librium
  • Limbitrol
  • Lorazepam
  • Loratadine
  • Midazolam
  • Niravam
  • Oxazepam
  • Periactin (7-11)
  • Restoril
  • Serax
  • Tacrolimus (topical)
  • Tavist (5-10)
  • Temazepam
  • Tranxene
  • Triazolam
  • Valium
  • Versed
  • Vistaril (7-8)
  • Xanax
  • Xyzal
  • Zyrtec (5-7)

*Some antidepressants/anxiety medicines can affect allergy testing results. NEVER stop this type of medication without asking the doctor who prescribed it if you can do so safely. If you are taking an antidepressant and you have questions or concerns about stopping the medication, please call the Allergy Testing Nurse prior to the day of your Allergy Test to discuss

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Three (3) Days Prior To Testing

  • Acrivastine
  • Aller-chlor (3-6)
  • Antivert
  • Arbinoxa
  • Astemizole
  • Atrohist
  • Azatadine
  • Benadryl (3-5)
  • Bonine
  • Bromfed
  • Brompheniramine
  • Carbinoxamine
  • Chlorpheniramine (3-6)
  • Chlor-Trimeton (3-6)
  • Cyclivert
  • Codimal DH Syrup
  • Dexchlorpheniramine
  • Dimenhydrinate
  • Dimetane Cough Syrup
  • Diphenhydramine (3-5)
  • Doxylamine
  • Dramamine
  • Dura-vent
  • Extendryl
  • Hycomine Compound
  • Karbinal ER
  • Kronofed
  • Methscopolamine
  • Meclizine
  • Nolamine
  • Nolahist
  • Palgic
  • Phenergan (3-5)
  • Promethazine (3-5)
  • Pyrilamine
  • Rynatan
  • Rynatuss
  • Semprex
  • Sinulin
  • Triprolidine
  • Trinalin
  • Tussionex
  • Zentrip
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Forty-Eight Hours (48) Prior To Testing

  • Astelin (nose spray)
  • Astepro (nose spray)
  • Axid
  • Azelastine (eye drops)
  • Azelastine (nose spray)
  • Bepreve (eye drops)
  • Bepotastine (eye drops)
  • Elestat (eye drops)
  • Epinastine (eye drops)
  • Emadine (eye drops)
  • Emedastine (eye drops)
  • Lastacaft (eye drops)
  • Alcaftadine (eye drops)
  • Cimetidine
  • Duexis
  • Dymista (nose spray)
  • Famotidine
  • Ketotifen (eye drops)
  • Naphcon-A (eye drops)
  • Nizatidine
  • Pepcid
  • Olopatadine (eye drops)
  • Olopatadine (nose spray)
  • Opcon-A (eye drops)
  • Optivar (eye drops)
  • Pataday (eye drops)
  • Patanase (nose spray)
  • Patanol (eye drops)
  • Pazeo (eye drops)
  • Ranitidine
  • Tagamet
  • Visine-A (eye drops)
  • Zaditor (eye drops)
  • Zantac
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Twenty-Four Hours (24) Prior To Testing

  • Excedrin
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Inhalers

Any Questions? Please notify the Allergy Testing Nurse prior to the day of allergy testing. 

  • Maintenance Inhalers should continue to be used as directed, including the day of testing.
  • Rescue Inhalers should not be used on the day of allergy testing. If you need to use your rescue inhaler please call the office to reschedule your allergy test.
  • Inhalers prescribed for a short duration to treat an acute condition or infection, you must discontinue the inhaler 2 weeks prior to allergy testing.
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Immunosuppressants & Other Medications

If you take any immunosuppressants or medications listed below, please notify the Allergy Testing Nurse prior to the day of allergy testing. 

  • Arava (Leflunomide)
  • Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine)
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • Cyclosporine
  • Enbrel (Etanercept)
  • Humira (Adalimumab)
  • Imuran (Azathioprine)
  • Kineret (Anakinra)
  • Methotrexate
  • Orencia (Abatacept)
  • Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine)
  • Remicade (Infliximab)
  • Rituxan (Rituximab)
  • Stelara (Ustekinumab)
  • Xolair (Omalizumab)
  • Nucala (mepolizumab)

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