All medications listed on this page will interfere with allergy testing and should not be used for 7 days prior to your allergy appointment. If your medical condition and/or allergic symptoms will significantly worsen without these medications, please contact us before discontinuing. If you forget to discontinue these medications in time for your appointment, please also contact us so we can determine whether or not your allergy appointment needs to be rescheduled.

Please discontinue the following 7 days prior to your visit:

  • Loratadine (Claritin, Alavert)
  • Desloratadine (Clarinex)
  • Cetirizine (Zyrtec)
  • Levocetirizine (Xyzal)
  • Fexofenadine (Allegra)
  • Hydoxyzine (Atarax, Vistaril)
  • Cyproheptadine (Periactin)
  • Doxepin (Sinequan, Adapin)
  • Chlorpheniramine (both prescription & OTC brands, including: Ahchew, Chlor-Trimeton, DAllergy, Deconamine, Durahist, Extendryl, Histavent, Omnihist, Rescon, Rynatan, Triaminic Cold & Allergy, Triaminic Multi-Symptom)
  • Diphenhydramine (several OTC brands, including: Benadryl, Tylenol PM, Tylenol Cold & Sinus, Triaminic Night Time Cold & Cough, Advil Cold & Sinus, Sominex, Nytol)
  • Brompheniramine (Dimetapp, Bromfed)
  • Tripelennamine (Actified, PBZ)
  • Certain motion sickness/nausea medication (including: Dramamine, Compazine, Meclizine [Antivert], Phenergan [promethazine])
  • Antihistamine nasal sprays (Astelin, Astepro, Patanase, Dymista. NOTE: all other nasal sprays are allowed, see below)
  • Antihistamine eye drops (Alomide, Livostin, Optivar, Pataday, Patanol)

There is NO NEED to discontinue the following medications:

  • Asthma medications (including Advair, Flovent, Pulmicort, Qvar, Asmanex, Singulair, Zyflo)
  • Topical, cortisone nasal sprays (including Flonase, Nasonex, Nasacort, Rhinocort, Veramyst)
  • Medications for other chronic conditions, including: high blood pressure, acid reflux and any other chronic conditions