Medications to Stop

The following medications MUST BE STOPPED FIVE (5) DAYS before skin testing:

  • Actifed
  • Advil Allergy
  • Advil PM
  • Alavert
  • Allegra
  • Atarax
  • Benadryl
  • Bonine
  • Brompheniramine   
  • Cetirizine
  • Chlorpheniramine
  • Clarinex
  • Claritin
  • Cold Tylenol PM
  • Dimetapp
  • Diphenhydramine  
  • Dramamine
  • Drixoral
  • Fexofenadine
  • Hydroxyzine
  • Loratadine
  • Levocetirizine
  • Meclizine
  • Nyquil
  • Robitussin
  • Tylenol Allergy
  • Xyzal
  • Zyrtec

This list includes the most common antihistamine containing medications. In general, most over-the-counter medications with the word “Allergy” or those for colds, coughs, and/or flu symptoms may contain antihistamines. Over-the-counter sleep medications may also contain antihistamines.

Antacids: (STOP 4 DAYS PRIOR)

Axid (Nizatidine), Pepcid (Famotidine), Tagamet (Cimetidine), Zantac (Ranitidine).

Nasal Antihistamine/Nasal Sprays: (STOP 4 DAYS PRIOR)

Azelastine Astelin, Astepro,  Dymista, Olopatadine, Patanase.

Herbal Supplements: (STOP 3 DAYS PRIOR)

Feverfew, Green Tea, Licorice, Nettle, Quercetin, St. John’s Wort, Saw Palmetto

Mood Stabilizers: (STOP 5 DAYS PRIOR)

We understand that sometimes stopping these medicines may not be possible due to the need to remain on treatment regularly or due to the possibility of withdrawal symptoms.

ATTENTION: Please discuss with your mental health or primary care provider first before stopping any of the following: 

  • Abilify
  • Adderall
  • Ambien
  • Amitryptyline
  • Aripiprazole
  • Ativan
  • Bupropion
  • Buspar
  • Celexa
  • Citalopram
  • Clonidine
  • Concerta
  • Cymbalta
  • Depakote
  • Duluoxetine
  • Effexor
  • Elavil
  • Escitalopram
  • Guanfacine
  • Intuniv
  • Klonopin
  • Lamictal
  • Lexapro
  • Lunesta
  • Methylphenidate
  • Mirtazapine
  • Paxil
  • Paroxetine
  • Prozac
  • Olanzapine
  • Oleptro
  • Oxcarbazepine
  • Quetiapine
  • Remeron
  • Risperdal
  • Risperidone
  • Seroquel
  • Sertraline
  • Sonata
  • Trazodone
  • Trileptal
  • Valium
  • Venlafaxine
  • Vyvanse
  • Wellbutrin
  • Zoloft
  • Zyprexa
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