Generic Name: polidocanol (pol-i-DOE-kuh-nol)
Brand Name: Examples include Asclera and Varithena
Polidocanol is used for:
Treating varicose veins.
Polidocanol is a sclerosing agent. It works by blocking certain veins, which then get replaced by connective tissue.
Do NOT use polidocanol if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in polidocanol
- you have a blood clot
- you are pregnant
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using polidocanol:
Some medical conditions may interact with polidocanol. 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 any artery problem (eg, hardening of the arteries, thromboangiitis obliterans or Buerger disease) or a history of blood clots
- if you are not able to move around well
- if you have had surgery within the past 3 months or you have been in the hospital for a long time
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with polidocanol. However, no specific interactions with polidocanol are known at this time.
Ask your health care provider if polidocanol 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 polidocanol:
Use polidocanol as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Polidocanol is given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
- After treatment, keep bandages dry and in place for as long as you have been told by your doctor.
- After treatment, you will need to wear compression stockings on the treated legs and walk around every day for some time. You will also need to avoid heavy exercise and avoid long amounts of time not doing anything for some time after treatment Follow what your doctor has told you closely.
- You may need to avoid things like sunbathing, hot baths, and saunas. Talk with your doctor.
- If you miss a dose of polidocanol, call your doctor to find out what to do.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use polidocanol.
Important safety information:
- Severe and sometimes fatal allergic reactions have happened with polidocanol. You will be watched closely for at least 10 minutes after receiving polidocanol. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
- Polidocanol may cause tissue damage if it is given into an artery or if it leaks from the vein. Tell your nurse if you have any redness, burning, pain, swelling, blisters, skin sores, or leaking of fluid where the drug is going into your body.
- Blood clots have happened with polidocanol. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use polidocanol if you are pregnant. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while using polidocanol.
Possible side effects of polidocanol:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Bruising or other irritation where the injection was given.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; coughing up blood; shortness of breath; swelling, warmth, numbness, change of color, or pain in a leg or arm.
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:
Polidocanol is handled and stored by a health care provider. You will not store it at home. Keep all medicines out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about polidocanol, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Polidocanol 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 polidocanol 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 polidocanol. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to polidocanol. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using polidocanol.
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.