Sodium tetradecyl sulfate

Generic Name: sodium tetradecyl sulfate (SO-dee-uhm tet-ra-deck-el)
Brand Name: Sotradecol

Sodium tetradecyl sulfate is used for:

Treating varicose veins.

Sodium tetradecyl sulfate is sclerosing agent. It works by closing the varicose vein through scarring.

Do NOT use sodium tetradecyl sulfate if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in sodium tetradecyl sulfate
  • you have redness or tenderness in the vein
  • you have pain, swelling, or redness near the vein
  • you are bedridden
  • you have varicose veins caused by a stomach or pelvic tumor that has not been removed
  • you have uncontrolled diabetes, an overactive thyroid, tuberculosis (TB), asthma, an abnormal growth or tumor, an infection, blood disease, lung disease, or skin disease

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using sodium tetradecyl sulfate:

Some medical conditions may interact with sodium tetradecyl sulfate. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have Buerger disease, hardening of the arteries or other heart problems, blood clots, or a nerve injury

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with sodium tetradecyl sulfate. However, no specific interactions with sodium tetradecyl sulfate are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if sodium tetradecyl sulfate may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use sodium tetradecyl sulfate:

Use sodium tetradecyl sulfate as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Sodium tetradecyl sulfate is usually administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you are using sodium tetradecyl sulfate at home, carefully follow the injection procedures taught to you by your health care provider.
  • If sodium tetradecyl sulfate contains particles or is discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain local regulations for proper disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of sodium tetradecyl sulfate, contact your doctor immediately.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use sodium tetradecyl sulfate.

Important safety information:

  • Follow-up visits to your doctor will be required. Be sure to keep all doctor appointments.
  • Use sodium tetradecyl sulfate with extreme caution in NEWBORNS. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using sodium tetradecyl sulfate during pregnancy. It is unknown if sodium tetradecyl sulfate is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using sodium tetradecyl sulfate, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of sodium tetradecyl sulfate:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Pain, itching, or lesions at the injection site; sloughing skin at the injection site.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); burning at the injection site; discoloration or redness around the vein; headache; itchy eyes or nose; nausea; pain or tenderness in the leg; runny nose; sneezing; swelling of the leg; vomiting; warm feeling in the leg; wheezing.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of sodium tetradecyl sulfate:

Store sodium tetradecyl sulfate at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep sodium tetradecyl sulfate out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about sodium tetradecyl sulfate, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Sodium tetradecyl sulfate is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take sodium tetradecyl sulfate or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about sodium tetradecyl sulfate. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to sodium tetradecyl sulfate. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using sodium tetradecyl sulfate.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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