Allergy Testing in Alexandria, VA

How to Prepare for your Allergy Test?

  • Please do not take Antihistamines or Aspirin for 5-7 days preceding the test.
  • Please check your insurance benefits to see the allergy test is covered, you are responsible for verifying coverage. Allergy Testing Referral & Verification Code.
  • Due to the limited space in our allergy testing bays, we can only bring back the patient being tested. Someone may accompany patient if medical or translation assistance is required, small children & parents are allowed.
  • Please wear short sleeves and/or a clinical gown will be provided

 If you have any questions regarding your test, please call the office (703) 313-7700 option 5

What Drugs Interfere with Allergy Testing?

The Most Common Allergy Medications to avoid

  • Afrin Nasal Spray
  • Allegra
  • Allegra D
  • Astelin Nasal Spray
  • Benadryl
  • Clarinex
  • Claritin
  • Claritin D
  • Zyrtec

MAO Inhibitors Must be off for 5-7 days prior to testing and then possibly off Permanently

A patient cannot be given adrenaline while on MAO Inhibitors it will provoke hypertensive crisis.

Check with your Primary Physician before stopping any medications.

  • Eutonyl (Pargyline)
  • Eutron (Pargyline & Methyclothiazine)
  • Flroxone (Furzaolidone)
  • Matulane (Procarbazine)
  • Nardil (Phenelzine)
  • Parnate (Tranyleypromine)

Antihistamine/Decongestant. Must be off 5-7 days prior to testing

  • Atarax
  • Hydroxyzine HCI
  • Meclazine
  • Phenergan
  • Vistaril
  • Zattiden (Ketotifen)
  • (or any like medications)

This list is not all inclusive. Please call if you have any questions on Medications.

  • Actifed
  • Advil Cold/Sinus
  • Allegra, Allegra
  • Antacids
  • Benadryl
  • Chlorpheniramine
  • Chor-Trimeton
  • Clarinex
  • Claritin, Claritin
  • Clistin-Glisten
  • Comhist
  • Deconamine
  • Dimetapp
  • Dimetane
  • Dramamine
  • Excedrin PM
  • Entex
  • Isoclor
  • Kronofed
  • Marax
  • Midol PM
  • Naldecon
  • Nisaval
  • Nolahist
  • Nolamine
  • Novahistine
  • Optimine
  • PBZ
  • Periactin
  • Polaramine
  • Poly-histine
  • Ritalin
  • Robistussin CF
  • Rondec
  • Ru-tuss
  • Rynatan
  • Tavist I, Tavist D
  • Teldrin
  • TheraFlu
  • Tyleno

Please refrain from taking all cold medications, nose drops and sprays, cough medications, cough drops and other antihistamines of any form.

  • H2 Antagonists – Anti-Nausea Medications. Should be off 5-7 days prior to test.
  • Beta Blockers – must be off 5-7 days prior to testing. Optic Blockers for Glaucoma
  • Betapace (Sotalol)
  • Blocarden (Timolol Maleate)
  • Brevibloc (Esmolol HCL)
  • Cartrol (Carteolol HCL)
  • Corgard (Nadolol)
  • Corzide (Nadolol & HCTZ)
  • Inderal (Propraolol)
  • Inderid (Propranolol & HCTZ)
  • Kerlone (Betaxolol HCL)
  • Levatol (Penbutolol Sulfate)
  • Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate)
  • Normodyne (Labetolol HCL)
  • Normozide (Labetolol & HCTZ)
  • Sectral (Acebutolol HCL)
  • Tenoretic (Atenolol & Chlorthalidone)
  • Tenormin (Atenolol)
  • Timolide (Timolol & HCTZ)
  • Toprol XL (Metaprolol Succinate)
  • Trandate (Labetolol HCL)
  • Visken (Pindolol)
  • Zebeta (Bisoprolol)
  • Ziac (Bisoprolol & HCTZ)

Trycyclic Antidepressants – Should be off 3-6 weeks prior to skin testing and then may continue after testing.

Check with your Prescribing Physician before stopping any medication.

  • Adapin (Doxepin HCL)
  • Apo-Trimip (Trimipramine Maleate)
  • Asendin (Amoxapine)
  • Aventyl (Nortriptyline HCL)
  • Elavil (Amitriptyline)
  • Endep (Amitriptyline)
  • Emitrip (Amitriptyline)
  • Endlil (Amitriptyline)
  • Etrafon (Combination Drug)
  • Impril (Imipramine HCL)
  • Levate (Amitriptyline)
  • Limbitrol (Combination Drug)
  • Meravil (Amitriptyline)
  • Pamelor (Nortriptyline HCL)
  • Rolavil (Amitriptyline)
  • Sinequan (Doxepin HCL)
  • Surmontil (Trimipramine Maleate)
  • Trofanil PM (Impramine HCL & Pamoate)
  • Trazodone (Desyrel)
  • Triadapin (Doxepin HCL)
  • Trialic (Combination Drug)
  • Tripramine (Imipramine HCL)
  • Triptil (Protriotyline HCL)
  • Vivactil (Pritroptyline HCL)

Anti-Inflammatory Drugs- Must be off 5-7 days prior to skin testing and then may continue for immunotherapy.

  • Advil
  • Aleve
  • Aspirin
  • Celebrex
  • Excedrin (PM, cold and sinus)
  • medications
  • Flexeril
  • Ibuprofen
  • Motrin
  • Vioxx

Homeopathic Drugs- Must be off for 5-7 days prior to testing.

  • Green Tea
  • Herbal Teas
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Vitamins
  • Herbal Pills


  • Do Not take your allergy shot 2 weeks prior to testing.
  • Do Not take your allergy drops for 1 week prior to the testing.

Any questions regarding your medications please contact your Primary Care Physician Or call our office.

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