Medications, Supplements and Herbal Products to Avoid Before Plastic or Cosmetic Surgery

The discontinuation of these medications for 7-10 days prior to injections or more invasive plastic or cosmetic surgery should be considered in order to reduce bleeding and bruising. If one is taking blood thinners or anti-inflammatory medications for the management of a medical condition, one should get permission from their doctor before holding these medications as doing so might cause unwanted risks and side effects. Neurotoxin injections, such as BOTOX Cosmetic, do not generally require stopping these drugs but there is some increased risk of bruising if you continue to take them. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or nurse.

Medications to Avoid

5‐HTP
Advil
Aleve
Alka‐Seltzer
Aloe
Anacin
Anaprox
Argesic Tablets
Arthritis Pain Formula
ASA Tablets
Ascriptin
Aspirin
Astragalus
Bilberry
Black Cohosh (Remifemin)
Bufferin
Carma Arthritis Pain Reliever
Cat’s Claw
Cayenne
Clinoril
Coricidin
Coumadin
Cranberry
Daypro
Diurex
Doan’s Pills
Dong Quai
Echinacea
Effient
Empirin
Evening Primrose Oil
Excedrin
Feverfew
Fish Oil
Flaxseed Oil
Garlic Tablets or Supplements
Ginger
Ginko Biloba
Ginseng
Glucosamine Sulfate
Goldenseal
Goody’s Tablets & Powders
Grapeseed Extract
Green Tea Extract

Ibuprofen
Kaopectate
Kava Kava
Lodine
Lortab
Medipren
Melatonin
Midol
Motrin
Milk Thistle
MSM
Naprosyn
Naproxen
Norgesic
Nuprin
Nyquil
Omega‐3 (fish oil)
Os‐ Cal‐Gesic
Pamprin
Pepto Bismol
Percodan
Plavix
Robaxisol Tablets
SAMe
Saw Palmetto
Sine‐Aid
Sine‐Off
Sinutab
Sominex
St. John’s Wort
St. Joseph’s Aspirin
Stinging Nettle
Talwin Compound
Toradol
Trigesic
Valerian
Vanquish
Vitamin E
Warfarin