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SCLEROTHERAPY

Sclerotherapy is a proven medical procedure that has been in use since the 1930s. It is used to eliminate varicose veins and spider veins. During the procedure a solution (generally a salt or an irritating solution) is injected directly into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to swell and stick together and the blood to clot. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades from view.

Treats varicose veins and spider veins.

Sclerotherapy is not recommended in the following circumstances:

  • If you are pregnant
  • If you have had a blood clot in the past, your eligibility will depend on the overall health of the area needing treatment as well as the reason for the clot.
  • Veins that are potentially usable for future heart bypass surgery will generally not be considered for sclerotherapy, unless they are already deemed unusable.

Milder effects such as itching may occur after the procedure. Also, you may experience raised, red areas at the injection site. These should disappear within a few days. Bruising may also occur around the injection side and can last several days or weeks.

Precautions

Pregnant women are not advised to undergo this therapy. Discuss your medical history with your doctor to know if there will be complications when you undergone sclerotherapy.

Also, for 48 hours after treatment, you should avoid:

  • Hot baths
  • Hot compresses to the treated area
  • Whirlpools or saunas
  • Direct exposure to sunlight
  • Long airplane flights
  • Showers are permitted, but the water should be cooler than usual. The injection sites may be washed with a mild soap and tepid water.

 

Interactions

You should avoid certain medications. Talk to your doctor about all medicines (including over-the-counter drugs, herbs, and dietary supplements) you are taking before the procedure. Some doctors recommend avoiding aspirin, ibuprofen (for example, Advil, Motrin and Nuprin), or other anti-inflammatory drugs for 48-72 hours before sclerotherapy.

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call emergency hotline.

 

Available brands:

  • Octride 100

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