Beta Blockers

Instuctions Regarding Beta Blocker Medications:

Beta Blockers are used to treat high blood pressure, heart disease and glaucoma.  If you are currently taking a Beta Blocker you will need to check with the doctor who prescribed it to see if you may safely stop this medication for one week prior to testing.  You will not be able to receive allergy injections while taking a Beta Blocker.  Your prescribing doctor may want to switch you to a different class of medications if you are considering allergy treatment after your testing is completed.

Common Beta Blockers:

  • Acebutolol                                                     
  • Atenolol                                        
  • Bendrofluntazide                                  
  • Betapace                                     
  • Betaxolol                                                                                    
  • Bisprolol                                      
  • Blocadren                                   
  • Bystolic                                       
  • Cartrol                                                    
  • Coreg                                           
  • Corzide                                        
  • Inderal                                     
  • Inderide                                     
  • Kerlone                                    
  • Labetalol 
  • Levatol                            
  • Lopressor                                                           

  • Metoprolol
  • Nadol
  • Nebivolol
  • Normodyne
  • Penbutolol                         
  • Propranolol
  • Sectral
  • Sotalol
  • Tenoretic
  • Tenormin
  • Timolide
  • Timolol
  • Toprol
  • Trandate
  • Visken
  • Zebeta           
  • Ziac

Eye Drops:

There are several types of eye drops that act as Beta Blockers and should be discountinued as well:

  • AK Beta
  • Betagan
  • Betoptic
  • Carteolol
  • Levobunolol

  • Metipranolol
  • Ocupress
  • Optipranolol
  • Timoptic

Antidepressants:

Some antidepressants can affect allergy testing results.  Never stop your antidepressants without asking the doctor who prescribed it if you can do so safely.  If you are taking an antidepressant, please notify the Allergy Testing Nurse when she calls to go over your testing instructions.