Elizabeth Otero, M.D.

What medications do I need to avoid prior to skin testing?


You need to avoid antihistamines at least 5 days prior to skin testing. These include Benadryl, Atarax, Dimetapp, Actifed, Novahistine, Polyhistine, Chlor-Trimeton, Naldecon, Marax, Chlorpheniramine; different Tylenol, Motrin and Advil preparations; Contac, Extendryl, Optimine, Phenergan, Tavist, Triaminic, Trinalin, Clarinex, Allegra, Zyrtec, Xyzal, Claritin, Zantac, Tagamet, Pepcid, Axid and many others. This can also include some nasal sprays (Astelin, Astepro, Patanase) or allergy care eye drops. Also some anti-depressants need to be avoided at least two weeks prior to skin testing. Call our office if you have questions about which medications to avoid.





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