Medications to Avoid
Aspirin & Aspirin-Related Products
Aspirin and aspirin-related products (see following list) should not be taken a week before your procedure as they increase the tendency of bleeding and therefore bruising. For this reason, it is very important that contents of any “over-the-counter preparations” be checked carefully prior to their use. Many headache preparations, cold remedies and “hangover cures” contain ASPIRIN. The chemical name of aspirin is acetylsalicylic acid.
Examples of drugs containing salicylates (aspirin) are as follows:
4-Way Cold Tablets
Examples of aspirin-related products are as follows:
You can substitute TYLENOL (acetominophen) for these products if you require pain medication before surgery.
Check with your pharmacist if you are uncertain whether a medicine contains aspirin.
Herbal Medications & Nutritional Supplements
Some herbal medications and nutritional supplements may also increase bleeding or photosensitivity (i.e., sun sensitivity). Please discontinue all herbal medications and nutritional supplements a week before your procedure. In particular, discontinue use of the following medications and supplements a week before your procedure. Some of the following plant foods, such as celery, dill, fennel, may be used in moderation in your diet.
Some herbal medications that may make you bleed:
Black cohosh rhizome
Fish oil caps
Horse chestnut bark
Ma huang (ephedra)
Poplar bark or buds
St. John’s wort
Sweet birch bark
Sweet clover plant
Sweet-scented bedstraw plant
Tonka bean seeds
Vanilla leaf leaves
Some herbal medications that may make you sensitive to the sun:
Queen Anne’s lace
Bitter orange peel
St. John’s wort
If you are taking a routine multi-vitamin, you may continue doing so. However, if you are taking any vitamin E pills, please stop a week prior to your procedure, as this may increase your chance of bleeding.
Nicotine in any form, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and even transdermal patches and gum can adversely affect your wound healing. If possible, you are advised to stop all forms of tobacco 2 weeks before and after surgery, especially if Dr. Lam is performing a FLAP reconstruction (e.g., facelift, cancer reconstruction, etc.). There is a chance that you may compromise the success of your surgery if you should continue to take tobacco.
Abstain from any alcohol consumption 72 hours at a minimum prior to your procedure.