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Ethanolamine Oleate 5% w/v
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start
taking this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again
• If you have further questions, please ask your
doctor or pharmacist
• This medicine has been prescribed for you.
Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them,
even if their symptoms are the same as yours
• In this leaflet, Ethanolamine Oleate Injection
will be called Ethanolamine Oleate.

1. What Ethanolamine Oleate is for

In this leaflet:
1 What Ethanolamine Oleate is for
2 Before you take Ethanolamine Oleate
3 How to take Ethanolamine Oleate
4 Possible side effects
5 How to store Ethanolamine Oleate
6 Further information.

Do not use Ethanolamine Oleate if:
• You are allergic to oleic acid, ethanol amine
or benzyl alcohol
• You are unable to walk
• You suffer from inflammation of the veins
(acute phlebitis)
• You take oral contraceptives (the ‘pill’)
• You have very fat (obese) legs
• You have inflamed veins near to your varicose
• You have blood clots in veins near your
varicose veins

Ethanolamine Oleate belongs to a group of
medicines called ‘sclerosing agents’.
When this medicine is injected inside a varicose
vein, it irritates the vein and stops blood
flowing through it. Scar tissue grows inside the
varicose vein and stops it from reforming.
Ethanolamine Oleate is used to treat small,
simple varicose veins in the legs.

2. Before you use Ethanolamine Oleate

You have any problems with your circulation
You suffer from heart disease
You suffer from kidney disease
If you have diabetes
You have a local infection such as an infected
• You have an infection such as a virus or a cold
• You are a child.
If any of the above applies to you talk to your
doctor or pharmacist.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking
or have recently taken any other medicines,
including medicines obtained without a
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not use Ethanolamine Oleate if you are
pregnant or are trying to become pregnant.
If you are breast-feeding, ask your doctor or
pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.

3. How to use Ethanolamine Oleate
A doctor will give you your Ethanolamine
Oleate injection.
Adults and the elderly
• Your doctor will slowly inject 2 to 5 ml of
this medicine into your varicose vein
• The dose may be divided into 3 or 4
injections given at different sites
• Your doctor will ensure that the injection
does not leak into the surrounding area as
this could be harmful
• This injection should only be given to you by
trained medical staff.
Ethanolamine Oleate is not suitable for children.
If you are given more Ethanolamine Oleate
than you should
If you think you have been given too much
Ethanolamine Oleate tell your doctor. This may
damage your kidneys (acute nephrotoxicity).

6. Further information
Like all medicines, Ethanolamine Oleate can cause
side effects, although not everybody gets them.
• Allergic reactions (rash, itching, sometimes
shortness of breath) which may occasionally
be very serious
• Burning sensation
• Cramping sensation
• Itchy rash (urticaria).
If any of the side effects gets serious or if you
notice any side effect not mentioned in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor.

5. How to store Ethanolamine Oleate
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use after the expiry date shown on the
pack. The expiry date refers to the last day of
that month.
Store below 25° C. Keep the ampoule in the
outer carton to protect it from light.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Return any medicine
you no longer need to your pharmacist.
Your doctor or nurse will make sure your
medicine is stored and disposed of correctly.

What Ethanolamine Oleate contains
The active ingredient is Ethanolamine as
Ethanolamine Oleate (50 mg/ml).
The other ingredients are oleic acid, benzyl
alcohol (20.8 mg/ml) and Water for Injections.
What Ethanolamine Oleate looks like
Ethanolamine Oleate solution for injection is a
clear liquid in a clear glass ampoule. There are
10 ampoules in a pack.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Phoenix Labs,
Suite 12, Bunkilla Plaza, Bracetown Business Park
Clonee, Co. Meath, Ireland
Recipharm Limited, Vale of Bardsley, Ashtonunder-Lyne, OL7 9RR, UK
This leaflet was last updated January 2015.

If this leaflet is difficult to see or read,
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format, please contact
Phoenix Labs, Suite 12, Bunkilla Plaza,
Bracetown Business Park, Clonee, Co. Meath,

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