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How does Asclera work?

This question was asked in San Francisco, California and has 11 answer(s) as of 05/23/2013.
I've heard that Asclera is an effective treatment for veins in the legs, but before I take the treatment I want to know how exactly it works and, most importantly, if it is safe. I know it is a relatively new treatment. Thank you.


Doctors Answers (11)

Asclera is a liquid sclerosing agent which has been used overseas for many years. This agent has also been used in this country through compounding pharmacies in the past. In general this agent was very safe and there are many reports that indicate that the outcomes are better with this agent than with other agents. The injection sclerotherapy technique is no different for this agent and then for other agents.

It is definitely not a new treatment. It has been around a long time but was recently FDA approved. Doctors have been using it for decades. It is a detergent based sclerosant and irritates the vein lining so it closes over several weeks.

Asclera is a sclerosant that irritates the vein walls and causes it to shut down. It is safe and sometimes used with Foam in larger veins. After the sclerosant is injected the vein will look worse before it looks better. Your body will slowly absorb the vein. The risks of sclerotherapy is brown staining, ulceration, and blood clot (very rare).

Asclera is the FDA-approved version of a sclerosant which has been in wide use in Europe for decades called polidocanol. The FDA-approval means that the manufacturer has met FDA standards for purity, safety, and efficacy. Asclera and polidocanol appear to be very safe as demonstrated through so many years of use in Europe and considerable use of Asclera in the United States over the past two years. Allergic reactions are extremely rare. Asclera injures the cell wall of the cells lining the veins resulting in temporary thickening of the vein walls and closure of the vein. Over a period of several months, the vein shrinks and disappears.

Asclera (aethoxyskerol) has been used in Europe since the 1960's and was finally approved by the FDA here in the USA a few years ago so it is not a new sclerosing agent. It works similar to other such agents by inducing inflammation of the inside vein walls leading to vein closure, scar tissue formation, and absorption. Both Asclera and Sotradecol are excellent and safe sclerosing agents.

Asclera, same as Sotradechol, causes a chemical phlebitis when injected into a vein, resulting in occlusion of the vein. The blood then is re-routed through other normal veins. It's quite safe when performed by a qualified physician or nurse with experience in sclerotherapy treatments.

Asclera, which is the trade name for Polidocanol, has actually been used for treatment of varicose and spider veins for years, however it had to go back and be re-approved by the FDA a few years ago. It is a safe and effective treatment for varicose and spider veins and it works like a soap that cleans the proteins from the vein walls.

The safety profile is extremely good, I would refer you to any of the drug websites to tea in detail. It works by irritating the lining of the vein, causing microscopic scarring ( sclerosing), causing the vein to close itself off.

It's actually a very old treatment with a new name. Asclera is polidocanol which has been used for decades. It's the only FDA approved polidocanol specifically for veins.

Asclera is a trade name for the sclerotherapy drug polidocanol. While the name Asclera has been on the market for only a few years, polidocanol has been used around the world for a few decades. Asclera is used primarily to treat spider veins. The technique is called sclerotherapy. Using a tiny needle, the medication is injected into spider veins (and sometimes small reticular veins and varicose veins). The medicine causes the inner lining of the vein to get damaged, and the vein closes down. The body then slowly absorbs the vein and it fades away. It is quite safe.

Asclera damages the cells lining the inside of the vein carousing them to thrombose. It is new in this country but used for a long time in Europe and South America. It is safe and that is why it is the first agent approved by the FDA for sclerotherapy in over 25 years!

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