I am supposed to receive Botox injections in 3 days, but the past week I've been taking Tylenol and Theraflu due to a flu. Can I still get Botox injections since acetaminophen is not an anti-inflammatory medication?
Can I Take Tylenol Before Getting Botox Injections?
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Tylenol Before Botox
Yes you can take Tylenol before Botox, however some surgeons like to wait 2-3 weeks after a viral type illness before doing botox injections. Be sure to consult your doctor to address the issue.
Tylenol before Botox is fine. Aspirin and ibuprofen may increase bruise risk. But Theraflu/Tylenol I do not like together.
Good question. Since Tylenol (acetaminophen) does not block platelet function, it does not increase the risk of bruising. You may take Tylenol before Botox without concern for increase bruising. Other cold medicines may contain aspirin or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) so carefully read labels.
On a side note, I am concerned you have been taking both Tylenol and Theraflu for your cold at the same time. Theraflu contains acetaminophen (Tylenol) and it can be dangerous to take both at the same time. Tylenol overdose can actually sneak up on you unexpectedly and cause death. Please use caution with your cold and flu medications.
Tylenol before botox
Tylenol is acetaminophen - it is OK to take before Botox. It does not have any anti-platelet activity and does not thin your blood. It does not interact with Botox either.
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Tylenol OK with Botox
Tylenol will not cause any problems with your Botox treatment. Other pain relievers such as aspirin or motrin affect platelet function and can cause bruising after injections.
You may take Tylenol before and after procedure. It does not increase the risk of bleeding or bruising.
Taking tylenol with botox is ok.
There should not be any problem with getting botox treatment while you are taking tylenol. Aspirin, NSAIDS, and other blood thinners should be avoided because they increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.
No problem with Tylenol prior to Botox
Tylenol is not a concern prior to Botox treatment. The issue with many other pain medications is that they interfere with clotting and with platelet function and therefore increase bruising.
That said, I always advise patients to delay their Botox treatments until they are feeling well.
Mark Lucarelli, MD, FACS
Tylenol and Botox
While there is no reason you cannot take Tylenol prior to or after Botox injections, my personal experience would lead me to recommend you post-pone your Botox treatment until you are feeling better. Purely cosmetic therapies should be reserved until your body can heal optimally from them.
Tylenol / Acetaminophen ok before Botox
Both Tylenol and Theraflu contains acetaminophen which is ok before Botox because they do not thin your blood or increase the risk of bruising. But other pain and anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen (advil, motrin, aleve) do thin your blood, so you should avoid these before Botox.
Dr. Margaret Mann
Tylenol does not interfere with platelet function.
The concern here is that many of the over the counter products commonly used as analgesics inhibit platelet function. Platelets are involved in the coagulation pathways. Inhibiting platelets increases the likelihood of bruising. This occurs with both aspirin and the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). However Tylenol which contains Acetaminophen does not affect platelets and does not increase the risk of bruise when taken prior to a service.
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