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Tuberculin Tests

Generic Name: Tuberculin Tests (too BER kyoo lin tests)
Brand Name: Aplisol, Tubersol

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 13, 2020.

Uses of Tuberculin Tests:

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Tuberculin Tests?

  • If you have an allergy to tuberculin purified protein derivative (PPD) or any other part of this medicine (tuberculin tests).
  • If you are allergic to this medicine (tuberculin tests); any part of this medicine (tuberculin tests); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
  • If you have any of these health problems: Burns, a certain skin problem (eczema), or if you have ever had TB (tuberculosis).
  • If you have had a very bad reaction to a tuberculin test in the past.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine (tuberculin tests).

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine (tuberculin tests) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Tuberculin Tests?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine (tuberculin tests). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • False test results have happened in some people. Talk with your doctor.
  • If you have had a recent vaccine, talk with your doctor. You may need to wait some time before having this test done.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.

How is this medicine (Tuberculin Tests) best taken?

Use this medicine (tuberculin tests) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • It is given as a shot into the skin.
  • You must see your doctor 2 to 3 days after the test.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call your doctor to find out what to do.
  • If you forget to see your doctor to have the test read, call your doctor to find out what to do.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Irritation has happened where this medicine (tuberculin tests) was given. Rarely, tissue damage has happened. Tell your nurse if you have any burning, color changes, pain, skin breakdown, or swelling where this medicine (tuberculin tests) was given.

What are some other side effects of Tuberculin Tests?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Tuberculin Tests?

  • If you need to store this medicine (tuberculin tests) at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this medicine (tuberculin tests), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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