Polidocanol (By injection)
Treats varicose veins of the legs.
Sclerosing Agent (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Polidocanol injection is used to treat small varicose veins of the lower legs. This medicine is also used to treat incompetent great saphenous veins, accessory saphenous veins, and visible varicose veins above and below the knees. It is a type of medicine called a sclerosing agent.
This medicine is to be given only by or under the direct supervision of your doctor.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Your doctor will prescribe your dose and schedule. This medicine is given through a needle placed in a vein.
A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
Wear compression stockings or support hose on the treated leg all the time. The length of time depends on what kind of veins you had treated, but it is usually between 2 and 14 days. Continue to wear these during the day for 2 to 3 weeks longer. This will help prevent blood clots.
Walk for 10 to 20 minutes immediately after the treatment and daily for at least the next several days. You may need to walk daily for up to a month.
Avoid heavy exercise, sunbathing, long plane flights, and hot baths or saunas for up to 1 week after you receive this medicine. Do not spend long periods of time being inactive (such as a long car ride) for 1 month after treatment.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. You should not receive this medicine if you had an allergic reaction to polidocanol.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have blood vessel, circulation, or blood clotting problems (such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism). Tell your doctor if you had a major surgery in the past 3 months.
This medicine may cause the following problems:Damage to the skin and other tissue at the injection site (may leave a scar) Blood clots
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Pain in your lower leg (calf)
Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Mild bruise where the needle is placed
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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